Definition of bloomers in English:


Line breaks: bloom¦ers
Pronunciation: /ˈbluːməz


1Women’s loose-fitting knee-length knickers, considered old-fashioned.
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  • Other coloured knickers, bloomers, pants and drawers peeping out of the top of low slung trackies do not count.
  • I had on a standard breast band, a loincloth, a camisole and a corset, bloomers, petticoats and then a slip.
  • Eric gave Cathena his coat that he managed to hang onto because, at this point, all the Castillian woman had on was stockings, bloomers and a corset.
1.1 historical Women’s and girls' loose-fitting trousers, gathered at the knee or, originally, the ankle.
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  • Given this culture, the delight of abandoning long skirts and dresses, corsets and tight waists, and high button shoes for the bloomers, middy blouses, and comfortable walking shoes of camp was a welcomed liberty.
  • Promoted by feminists such as Frances Willard, the bicycle allowed women independent mobility and gave them reason to wear bloomers rather than sweeping skirts.
  • The ‘official uniform’ consisted of a blue skirt and walking bloomers, a white blouse, a hat, walking shoes, a mackintosh, and a sweater.


mid 19th century: named after Mrs Amelia J. Bloomer (1818–94), an American social reformer who advocated a similar garment.

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