What does umpire mean?

Definitions for umpire
ˈʌm paɪərum·pire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. umpire, umpnoun

    an official at a baseball game

  2. arbiter, arbitrator, umpireverb

    someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

    "the critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature"; "the arbitrator's authority derived from the consent of the disputants"; "an umpire was appointed to settle the tax case"

  3. referee, umpireverb

    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition


  1. umpirenoun

    The official who presides over a tennis game sat on a high chair.

  2. umpirenoun

    One of the two white-coated officials who preside over a cricket match.

  3. umpirenoun

    One of usually 4 officials who preside over a baseball game.

    The umpire called the pitch a strike.

  4. umpirenoun

    The official who stands behind the line on the defensive side.

    The umpire must keep on his toes as the play often occurs around him.

  5. umpirenoun

    A match official on the ground deciding and enforcing the rules during play. As of 2007 the Australian Football League uses 3, or in the past 2 or just 1. The other officials, the goal umpires and boundary umpires, are normally not called just umpires alone.

  6. umpirenoun

    A person who arbitrates between contending parties

  7. umpireverb

    To act as an umpire in a game.

  8. Etymology: From a misconstruction of noumpere, from nonper, from non + per, from par

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Umpirenoun

    An arbitrator; one who, as a common friend, decides disputes.

    Etymology: This word John Minsheu, with great applause from Stephen Skinner, derives from un pere, Fr. a father.

    Give me some present counsel; or, behold,
    ’Twixt my extremes and me, this bloody knife
    Shall play the umpire; arbitrating that,
    Which the commission of thy years and art
    Could to no issue of true honour bring. William Shakespeare.

    Just death, kind umpire of men’s miseries,
    With sweet enlargement doth dismiss me hence. William Shakespeare.

    The learned Sennertus , in that book, takes not upon him to play the advocate for the chymists, but the umpire betwixt them and the peripateticks. Boyle.

    The vast distance that sin had put between the offending creature and the offended Creator, required the help of some great umpire and intercessor, to open him a new way of access to God; and this Christ did of us as mediator. South.

    The jealous sects, that dare not trust their cause
    So far from their own will as from the laws,
    You for their umpire and their synod take. Dryden.


  1. Umpire

    An umpire is an official in a variety of sports and competition, responsible for enforcing the rules of the sport, including sportsmanship decisions such as ejection. The term derives from the Old French nonper, non, "not" and per, "equal": "one who is requested to act as arbiter of a dispute between two people". (as evidenced in cricket, where dismissal decisions can only be made on appeal). Noumper shows up around 1350 before undergoing a linguistic shift known as false splitting. It was written in 1426–1427 as a noounpier; the n was lost with the a indefinite article becoming an. The earliest version without the n shows up as owmpere, a variant spelling in Middle English, circa 1440. The leading n became permanently attached to the article, changing it to an Oumper around 1475. The word was applied to the officials of many sports including baseball, association football (where it has been superseded by assistant-referee) and cricket (which still uses it).


  1. umpire

    An umpire is an official who enforces the rules and maintains order during a game or match in certain sports such as baseball, cricket, or tennis. They make decisions on various situations during a game, including rule infractions, plays, or disputes between players. Their role is critical in ensuring a fair and properly conducted game.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Umpirenoun

    a person to whose sole decision a controversy or question between parties is referred; especially, one chosen to see that the rules of a game, as cricket, baseball, or the like, are strictly observed

  2. Umpirenoun

    a third person, who is to decide a controversy or question submitted to arbitrators in case of their disagreement

  3. Umpireverb

    to decide as umpire; to arbitrate; to settle, as a dispute

  4. Umpireverb

    to perform the duties of umpire in or for; as, to umpire a game

  5. Umpireverb

    to act as umpire or arbitrator


  1. Umpire

    In baseball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays, and handling the disciplinary actions. The term is often shortened to the colloquial form ump. They are also sometimes addressed as blue at lower levels due to the common color of the uniform worn by umpires. In professional baseball, the term "blue" is seldom used by players or managers, who instead call the umpire by his actual name in order to show respect. Although games were often officiated by a sole umpire in the formative years of the sport, since the turn of the 20th century officiating has been commonly divided among several umpires, who form the umpiring crew.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Umpire

    um′pīr, n. a third person called in to decide a dispute: an arbitrator.—v.i. to act as umpire.—v.t. to decide as umpire.—ns. Um′pirage, Um′pireship. [For numpire; M. E. nompere—O. Fr. nompairnon, not, pair, a peer. From the sense of 'unequal,' 'odd,' the meaning passes to an odd man, an arbitrator, a third party, who gives his casting vote.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of umpire in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of umpire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of umpire in a Sentence

  1. Stefanos Tsitsipas:

    It's not very pleasant when you have the umpire give you warnings and time violations and coaching violations during a match. It can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision making, i don't know what this chair umpire has in specific against my team but he's been complaining and telling me that my team talks all of the time when I'm out on the court playing.

  2. Jeremy Ben-Ami:

    It's kind of like saying, you've got a baseball batter who's in a slump and so -- what they've been doing -- they look at the videotape and instead of like doing a better swing, they just start hitting the umpire with the bat. Yeah, doing something different -- but it has to make sense what you're doing, i don't think anybody who's been involved with this will say what we did worked... but that doesn't mean that this is the right approach.

  3. Todd McLemoretold:

    Apparently, some spectators were very vocal towards the umpire calls in favor of Blue Ridge and it just got louder and louder. kingsport TN MMA, wait a minute I mean softball.

  4. Getty Images:

    It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behavior during and after the doubles match yesterday, i have privately apologized to the chair umpire because my outburst toward him was wrong and unacceptable, and I am only disappointed in myself. It just should not have happened and there is no excuse. I would also like to apologize to my fans, the tournament, and the sport that I love.

  5. Stefanos Tsitsipas:

    Well, its not very pleasant when you have the umpire give you warnings and time violations and coaching violations during a match, it can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision-making.

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