\ 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

Examples of ump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But postgame commentary by Cora and Sale involved way too much discussion of the home plate ump. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Collapsing Red Sox more about MIA stars than missed calls," 3 Aug. 2019 Robo umps are not going to work. Unbecoming to a great game. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Robo umps aren’t the answer for incompetence in umpiring," 17 Aug. 2019 In that way, the ticket was a different kind of license, authorizing the holder to call the ump a bum. Steve Rushin,, "The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind," 12 Sep. 2019 Estabrook was indeed an advertisement for robot umps on Saturday, badly missing several pitches. Peter Abraham,, "Red Sox pitching staff must shoulder the blame," 3 Aug. 2019 Utilizing TrackMan radar technology, robot umps were officially introduced to the Atlantic League earlier this month. Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks it’s time for robot umps: 'Hopefully the technology gets there quick’," 18 July 2019 By ejecting Musgrove, the umps had a direct impact on the entire four-game series with the bashing Braves. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: The bullpen is the Cincinnati Reds' strength. Why not use it?," 18 June 2019 However, with runners on second and third and two outs, Curtis Granderson was punched out by plate ump D.J. Reyburn on a pitch that looked to be high. Christian Simmons,, "Ex-Marlins prospect Paddack stifles Miami, Padres hang on to even series," 18 July 2019 One argument against robo umpires is that replacing human umps for balls and strikes would strip the game of personality. Scott Ostler,, "Jim Bouton’s last hurrah rankled some, inspired many," 13 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "MLB umpire, former official concerned with technology replacing ‘human element’," 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,, "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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1912, in the meaning defined above


1928, in the meaning defined above

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