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Meaning of UMPIRE

Pronunciation:  'umpIr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an official at a baseball game
  2. [v]  be a referee or umpire

UMPIRE is a 6 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: referee, ump
 See Also: judge, official



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Um"pire\, n. [OE. nompere, nounpere (also impier, fr. F.
    impair uneven), fr. OF. nomper uneven, F. non-pair; hence the
    meaning, uneven, i. e., third person; non not + OF. per even,
    equal, peer, F. pair; cf. L. impar uneven, unequal. See
    {Non-}, and {Peer}, n.]
    1. 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.
             A man, in questions of this kind, is able to be a
             skillful umpire between himself and others.
    2. (Law) A third person, who is to decide a controversy or
       question submitted to arbitrators in case of their
       disagreement. --Blackstone.
    Syn: Judge; arbitrator; referee. See {Judge}.
  2. \Um"pire\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Umpired}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To decide as umpire; to arbitrate; to settle, as a
             Judges appointed to umpire the matter in contest
             between them, and to decide where the right lies.
    2. To perform the duties of umpire in or for; as, to umpire a
       game. [Colloq.]
  3. \Um"pire\, v. i.
    To act as umpire or arbitrator.