What does umpire mean?

Definitions for umpireˈʌm paɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word umpire.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. umpire, ump(noun)

    an official at a baseball game

  2. arbiter, arbitrator, umpire(verb)

    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, umpire(verb)

    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition


  1. umpire(Noun)

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

  2. umpire(Noun)

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

  3. umpire(Noun)

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

    The umpire called the pitch a strike.

  4. umpire(Noun)

    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. umpire(Noun)

    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. umpire(Noun)

    A person who arbitrates between contending parties

  7. umpire(Verb)

    To act as an umpire in a game.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Umpire(noun)

    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. Umpire(noun)

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

  3. Umpire(verb)

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

  4. Umpire(verb)

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

  5. Umpire(verb)

    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


    No jeweler, but a high authority on diamonds.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    Life, a game; you, a player; earth, a playground; money, your score; God, umpire, death, out of game.

  2. Andy Murray:

    I had no idea about either of the warnings because you can't hear anything on the court, so I'm surprised( the umpire) could hear what I was saying.

  3. Bill Cassidy:

    You have to have an umpire, even if the umpire occasionally gets it wrong, because otherwise you are only accepting analysis by people with motivations define certain answers, and so I am very reluctant to disregard what the CBO score is.

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