What is the meaning of umpteen?

First, let's deal with the pronunciation of the word umpteen. The first syllable ump rhymes with bump, pump, and lump. The ee is like the ee in fees, bees and sees. The main stress is on the second syllable.

Umpteen can mean many or a lot of. Here are a few examples.

* I emailed Maire umpteen times, but she never responded.

* Bhaveen revised the paper umpteen times before submitting it.

* Maire has seen the movie umpteen times.

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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