Definition of blooper in English:


Syllabification: bloop·er
Pronunciation: /ˈblo͞opər


informal , chiefly North American
  • 1An embarrassing error: he poked fun at his own tendency to utter bloopers
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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.
  • 1.1A brief television or radio segment containing a humorous error, often collected with others for broadcast as a group: a selection of bloopers and outtakes from the evening
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    • Also on each disc you'll find a short two-to-five minute selection of bloopers pertaining to the selection of episodes on that particular volume, as well as some text biographies of the main cast and occasional guest stars.
    • Three blooper reels are included, one each for Sorbo and Steve Bacic, and one collection of bloopers by the show's various guest stars.
    • Also included is ‘The Vault,’ a collection of bloopers, deleted scenes and alternate shots.
  • 2 Baseball A weakly hit fly ball landing just beyond the reach of the infielders: 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 denoting a radio that caused others to bloop, i.e., emit a loud howling noise): from imitative bloop + -er1.

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