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umped; umping; umps

intransitive verb

: to act as umpire

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Or the ump calls a ball. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 5 Apr. 2023 The umps aren’t being replaced by robots so much as becoming them. Devin Gordon, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2023 Now 76, Linnman recently joined the Portland Baseball Umpires Association with the thought of becoming an ump for youth baseball. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 23 Mar. 2023 The umps did, too, if maybe not quite as much. Devin Gordon, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2023 In the new system, umps have some discretion/leeway as to when to start the clock and how strictly to enforce violations. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2023 The ump called him for a balk. Paul Newberry, ajc, 3 Mar. 2023 The automated strike zone, also known as robo-umps, is probably on deck. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 20 Feb. 2023 Baseball’s umps believe a ball is a dance and a strike is a union decision. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2023
That makes the chair ump job mostly button-pushing. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 Only three men have umped more major league games than Davis, and no one has been on the field for more playoff games. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2019 West, who ranks third in games umped over his career, was suspended for three games for answering a USA Today question on baseball's biggest complainer. Paul Sullivan,, 11 Aug. 2017 The third baseman was visibly and vocally distressed and finally ump Mike Muchlinski ejected him. John Hickey, The Mercury News, 4 May 2017 In Pittsburgh to ump a game between the Pirates and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, Tumpane saw a woman contemplating suicide on the city's famed Roberto Clemente Bridge. Jason Kurtz, CNN, 30 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1912, in the meaning defined above


1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ump was in 1912

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“Ump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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