Definition of blooper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbluːpə/


informal, chiefly North American
1An embarrassing error: he poked fun at his own tendency to utter bloopers [as modifier]: blooper shows consisting of out-takes from films
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  • If it were solely a matter of the site blooper, then the error might be put down to dumbness and naivety.
  • Explains the author, ‘The whole treasure trove of howlers suggests the bloopers demonstrate equal opportunity zaniness.’
  • From small-town schools to urban mega-companies, every Nutcracker production is unique, and so are its bloopers and blunders.
2 Baseball A weakly hit fly ball landing just beyond the reach of the infielders: Hunter’s the only guy to get a hit, a blooper over the shortstop’s head
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  • I can hit one off the end of the bat, I can get bloopers, I can beat out an infield hit.
  • Since outfielders tend to play deep at this stadium, bloopers that are caught in other cities often turn into singles.
  • And some infielders move very slowly when tracking a blooper.


1926 (originally US, denoting a radio which caused others to bloop, i.e. emit a loud howling noise): from imitative bloop + -er1.

Words that rhyme with blooper

cooper, Cowper, duper, grouper, Hooper, looper, pea-souper, pupa, scooper, snooper, stupa, stupor, super, trooper, trouper, whooper

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Line breaks: bloop¦er

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