Definition of oops in English:

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Pronunciation: /o͝ops/
Pronunciation: /o͞ops/


Used to show recognition of a mistake or minor accident, often as part of an apology: “Oops! I’m sorry. I just made you miss your bus.”
More example sentences
  • Apparently I had dialed the phone number of the local police station by mistake, oops.
  • The difference is, when the government does something, it has to get it right, because it's only going to do it once - only oops!
  • She is one of those show-off, marathon-running types of people… oops!
oops, oh dear, oh no, eek, ack, yikes, uh-oh, sorry, silly me, doh, damn, darn, aargh, whoopsy, oopsy-daisy


Natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the 1930s.

Words that rhyme with oops


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Syllabification: oops

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