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Now Maxwell Street is quiet, except when a sports bar's umpteen television sets provoke cheers or boos.
Press umpteen numbers in that automated system, wait a lifetime on hold for a live operator and then get disconnected.
Now the town is playing whack-a-mole with news outlets, and there are umpteen new places to drop a little scoop (including here—hint, hint).
It’s been painted umpteen times and there’s a Playboy insignia on it.
Nothing against tourists who seek out marble showers with umpteen nozzles, or on-site spas that promise spiritual rejuvenation and free green apples, or a gym that serves infused waters.
The right stick has also been blessed with umpteen possible combos that lift gameplay level beyond other NCAA titles.
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I'll go to bed and I'll not get up for umpty-eleven months. You know the feeling. The speaker here is war-weary Bill, a character in Patrick MacGill's early 20th-century novel The Great Push. His "umpty" originated as military slang around 1905 and stood for an indefinite number, generally largish. (It was probably created by analogy to actual numbers such as "twenty.") Soon, there followed "umpteen," blending "umpty" and "-teen." "Umpteen" usually describes an indefinite and large number or amount, while the related "umpteenth" is used for the latest or last in an indefinitely numerous series. We only occasionally use "umpty" these days (and even more rarely "umptieth"), but you're bound to hear or read "umpteen" and "umpteenth" any number of times.
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First Known Use: 1898See Words from the same year
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