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People always say that Glasgow has had umpteen social problems but keeps finding ways of getting over its difficulties and transforming itself. Maybe, belonging to the city I'm able to renew myself too, and keep extending out into some new area.
Edwin Morgan

Meaning of "umpteen" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD UMPTEEN

From umpty a great deal (perhaps from -enty as in twenty) + -teen ten.
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PRONUNCIATION OF UMPTEEN

umpteen  [ˌʌmpˈtiːn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UMPTEEN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Umpteen is a determiner.
The determinant is a modifier that provides context to the noun, often in terms of quantity and possession.

WHAT DOES UMPTEEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Indefinite and fictitious numbers

Many languages have words expressing indefinite and fictitious numbers — inexact terms of indefinite size, used for comic effect, for exaggeration, as placeholder names, or when precision is unnecessary or undesirable. One technical term for such words is "non-numerical vague quantifier".

Definition of umpteen in the English dictionary

The definition of umpteen in the dictionary is very many.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UMPTEEN


bottine
bɒˈtiːn
canteen
kænˈtiːn
Datin
dæˈtiːn
eighteen
ˈeɪˈtiːn
fifteen
ˈfɪfˈtiːn
fourteen
ˈfɔːˈtiːn
langoustine
ˌlɒŋɡuːsˈtiːn
lateen
ləˈtiːn
nineteen
ˌnaɪnˈtiːn
poutine
puːˈtiːn
preteen
priːˈtiːn
routine
ruːˈtiːn
sateen
sæˈtiːn
seventeen
ˈsɛvənˈtiːn
sixteen
ˈsɪksˈtiːn
Stettin
ʃtɛˈtiːn
tartine
tɑːˈtiːn
thirteen
ˈθɜːˈtiːn
tricotine
ˌtrɪkəˈtiːn
velveteen
ˌvɛlvɪˈtiːn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UMPTEEN

umiak
UMIST
UML
umlaut
umlungu
Ummah
ump
umpie
umpies
umpirage
umpire
umpireship
umpteenth
umpy
umquhile
Umtali
Umtata
umu
UMW
umwelt

WORDS THAT END LIKE UMPTEEN

mangosteen
mobile canteen
posteen
postteen
poteen
rateen
ratteen
Springsteen
staff canteen
Steen
subteen
teen
the Fifteen
voteen

Synonyms and antonyms of umpteen in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «UMPTEEN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «umpteen» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of umpteen

Translation of «umpteen» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UMPTEEN

Find out the translation of umpteen to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of umpteen from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «umpteen» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

许许多多
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

umpteen
570 millions of speakers

English

umpteen
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अनगिनत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

جمهور غفير
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

бесчисленное
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

umpteen
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বহু
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

umpteen
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lagi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

非常に多くの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

umpteen
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Umpteen
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

có nhiều lý do
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஏராளமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अनेक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sayısız
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

mille
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

fura
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

незліченна
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

umpteen
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πολλοστή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

umpteen
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

femtioelva
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

umpteen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of umpteen

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UMPTEEN»

The term «umpteen» is regularly used and occupies the 94.194 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UMPTEEN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about umpteen

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3 QUOTES WITH «UMPTEEN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word umpteen.
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Lauren Bacall
I don't look in the mirror; don't like what I see; never have. I am not my idea of a beauty. Never was. This is not false modesty. I've just never been enamoured of my face, which of course is magnified umpteen times on screen.
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Jim Lee
The downside to becoming a doctor, I think, is it's a very long process; four years of medical school, three years of internship, two years of residency, umpteen years of specialization, and then finally you get to be what you have trained almost all your life for.
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Edwin Morgan
People always say that Glasgow has had umpteen social problems but keeps finding ways of getting over its difficulties and transforming itself. Maybe, belonging to the city I'm able to renew myself too, and keep extending out into some new area.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UMPTEEN»

Discover the use of umpteen in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to umpteen and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Wally Gropius: The Umpteen Millionaire
Presents the adventures of a teenage billionaire as he attempts to marry the saddest girl in the world or lose his inheritance, in a satire of power, celebrity, and modern culture.
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The MIT Guide to Teaching Web Site Design
Bourgeois cats aucboned off riv botulisms. even though schizophrenic Macintoshes drunkenly incinerated two televisions Umpteen slightly purple elephants bought silly fountains. but the irascible cats fights umpteen extremely bourgeois ...
Edward Barrett, Deborah A. Levinson, Suzana Lisanti, 2001
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Bringing Graphic Design in House
Italics: Avoid Large Blocks Two fountains grew up, then umpteen cows watched Batman. A purple Chrysanthemum runs wildly, however one silly subway very noisily tows five trailers. Subways quickly become entangled with elephants and  ...
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Beautiful beginnings
AlthoughI've heard it umpteen times You've never meant it Thoughyou've kissed me umpteen times Iknowyou don't love me Thoughyou've promised to love me for eternity Umpteen times Iknowyou won't Thoughyou've shatteredmy dreams ...
Agazit Bezabh Gebreselassie
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The Nature and Future of Philosophy
Well, when does a response, say “Umpteen,” to a “How many?" question answer it at all? Clearly when, whenever there are umpteen things of one kind, F, and there are just the same number of things of that kind as of another kind, G, it follows ...
Michael A. E. Dummett, 2013
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The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection
TUmpteen very putrid orifices marries angst-ridden chrysanthemums, because Minnesota tastes two speedy Klingons, although umpteen dwarves sacrificed two schizophrenic Macintoshes, however umpteen fountains extremely annoy- ingly ...
Darwin Holmstrom, 2011
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There's a Lion in My Cornflakes
... brother, brother, brother, brother, brother, brother,brother, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan,Dan, made made made made made made mademade umpteen umpteen umpteen umpteen umpteen umpteen umpteenumpteen trips trips trips ...
Michelle Robinson, 2014
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Not a Lot of People Know That
For men, umpteenth birthday celebrations were seen as “coming of age” celebrations, and during the ceremony the young man would be thrown into the air umpteen times, in an early version of “the bumps”. Up until 1962, the umpteen times ...
David Hailwood and FJ Riley
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Treasure Trove of Life
For many. .......No meaning, whatsoever, .......an exercise in absurdity. .......Fatal attractions towards suicides. Umpteen are your definitions, manifestations too umpteen. Bundle of burdens on the shoulders to many, poverty, diseases, starvation, ...
K.R. Surendran
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The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional ...
177, 1990 umpteen noun an imprecise, large number UK, 1918 • That meant I wouldn't be lying around in some hospital, like so many of them at umpteen bucks a day, while they slowly took out my neck.— Philip Wylie, Opus 21, p. 66- 67 ...
Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UMPTEEN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term umpteen is used in the context of the following news items.
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Quiz: Can you guess these celebrities from their toothy grins alone?
If you spend all your time flicking through celeb gossip mags, the chances are you've seen most of these toothy gurns umpteen times before. But how good are ... «Irish Examiner, Jul 15»
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Heimtextil India 2015 showcases umpteen fabrics, designs
As many as 150 companies from seven countries are showcasing umpteen home furnishings fabrics and home decor designs at Ambiente India and Heimtextil ... «Business Standard, Jun 15»
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Tachos and baseball: a masterful CWS combination
I charged my iPhone at one of the mobile charging booths — a great idea, by the way — and counted umpteen fans with hot dogs, bags of peanuts, orders of ... «Omaha World-Herald, Jun 15»
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Introducing the Aye Watch: Tennents Wellpark get in on Apple …
... to pals questioning 'how many is umpteen?'. And now the animated town even has its own tech giant in the form of 'Peach', the creators of the Aye-Watch. «Scottish Daily Record, Jun 15»
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Watch: Tennents launch cartoon comedy series Wellpark online
... a talking guide dog bragging about his 'free pass' to go anywhere with his owner and a debate between two friends at the pub about the value of 'umpteen.'. «Herald Scotland, May 15»
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Watch episode of Tennents' online comedy series set in bizarre …
The first batch include pals, Bobby and Paul pondering in the pub about how much is umpteen and a talking dog revealing his free pass to go anywhere he likes. «Scottish Daily Record, May 15»
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England v Scotland: Stuart Lancaster's side should take positive of …
... enthusiastically salute their potency in creating umpteen chances which were not taken. If they engineer as many scoring opportunities at Twickenham against ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Mar 15»
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Arab Jazz is a bloody crime with umpteen potential suspects
Like Ahmed, Miské knows how these dramas unfold, and so around the halfway point of the book we find ourselves confronted with umpteen potential suspects. «The National, Feb 15»
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'I applied for umpteen jobs' - Joanne Jones in Blaenau Gwent
'I applied for umpteen jobs' - Joanne Jones in Blaenau Gwent. 7 January 2015 Last updated at 16:58 GMT. Wales was "one of the biggest victims of the last ... «BBC News, Jan 15»
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Sedan Segment on a Roll, Umpteen Launches Lined Up For 2015
A symbol of success, sedan segment in India has always had a fair market share in the country. However, with the recent fascination for SUVs, sales of sedans ... «The New Indian Express, Jan 15»

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