\ ˈəmp How to pronounce ump (audio) \

Definition of ump

 (Entry 1 of 2)


umped; umping; umps

Definition of ump (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act as umpire

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If the replay ump had ruled differently on the Mazara-Altuve play, Martin tosses a 1-2-3 innings. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Yes, it's incredibly early, but the bullpen has been a bright spot | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 31 Mar. 2018 Last year, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi was maligned after failing to ask for a review when the plate ump incorrectly awarded Cleveland a hit by pitch. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Before things get wild, the MLB postseason from A to Z," 1 Oct. 2018 And there was not a single replay of Kela's infraction on the stadium JumboTrons, lest the thinnest skinned people in sports - MLB umps - get their feelings hurt. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "From the cheap seats: A thank you to fans who get the shaft," 10 June 2018 Why give umps a reason to ring up a player who likes to be selective at the plate? David Haugh,, "Rick Renteria's gripe only makes it tougher for Yoan Moncada," 13 June 2018 The play flashes on the stadium’s big screen, and the ump throws out his arms: Safe! Rich Cohen, WSJ, "New Glory Days for Slides," 22 June 2018 Why kill yourself, when the ump was probably going to call you out anyway? Rich Cohen, WSJ, "New Glory Days for Slides," 22 June 2018 This year, umps seem to be calling the corners more liberally. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Are Cincinnati Reds .500 team now? Ask me at All-Star break," 28 June 2018 No pitch clocks, robo umps, shift bans or DHs in the National League. Scott Ostler,, "Bumgarner’s back, bringing new life to Giants," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "Will Cardinals' Rally Cat and Dodgers' Rally Granny step up in rally lore?," 11 Aug. 2017 The third baseman was visibly and vocally distressed and finally ump Mike Muchlinski ejected him. John Hickey, The Mercury News, "A’s escape from Minnesota with a win in finale, 8-5," 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, "Umpire saves suicidal woman on Pittsburgh bridge," 30 June 2017

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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