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bloomer1

[bloo-mer] /ˈblu mər/
noun
1.
a costume for women, advocated about 1850 by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, consisting of a short skirt, loose trousers gathered and buttoned at the ankle, and often a coat and a wide hat.
2.
bloomers, (used with a plural verb)
  1. loose trousers gathered at the knee, formerly worn by women as part of a gymnasium, riding, or other sports outfit.
  2. women's underpants of similar, but less bulky, design.
  3. the trousers of a bloomer costume.
  4. any of various women's garments with full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge.
adjective
3.
(of a woman's garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge:
bloomer shorts.
Origin of bloomer1
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; named after A.J. Bloomer

bloomer2

[bloo-mer] /ˈblu mər/
noun
1.
a plant that blooms:
a night bloomer.
2.
a person who develops skills, abilities, interests, etc., commensurate with his or her capacities:
a quiet, methodical child who became a late bloomer.
Origin
First recorded in 1720-30; bloom1 + -er1

bloomer3

[bloo-mer] /ˈblu mər/
noun
1.
a foolish mistake; blunder.
Origin
1885-90; bloom(ing) (as euphemism for bloody) + -er1
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Examples from the Web for bloomers
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  • After dinner, the apprentices retired, to finish sewing some bloomers.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • Women should wear short skirts, bloomers, or riding-breeches.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • bloomers can also be made from gingham, percale, galatea, or other cotton cloth.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Calculate how much cloth will be necessary for a pair of bloomers for yourself.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • All girls should know about it, whether you will use wool or cotton for your bloomers.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • They are very serviceable and are suitable for bloomers, or for dress fabrics.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • You must examine these, too, to see if you will select one for your bloomers.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Place the right side of the strip to the right side of the bloomers.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • What are the important things to remember in cutting out the bloomers?

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
British Dictionary definitions for bloomers

bloomers

/ˈbluːməz/
plural noun
1.
(informal) women's or girls' baggy knickers
2.
(formerly) loose trousers gathered at the knee worn by women for cycling and athletics
3.
(history) Also called rational dress. long loose trousers gathered at the ankle and worn under a shorter skirt
Word Origin
from bloomer, a garment introduced in about 1850 and publicized by Mrs A. Bloomer (1818–94), US social reformer

bloomer1

/ˈbluːmə/
noun
1.
a plant that flowers, esp in a specified way: a night bloomer

bloomer2

/ˈbluːmə/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a stupid mistake; blunder
Word Origin
C20: from blooming

bloomer3

/ˈbluːmə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bloomers
n.

1851, named for U.S. feminist reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894), who promoted them. The surname is attested from c.1200, said to mean literally "iron-worker," from Old English bloma (see bloom (n.2)).

bloomer

n.

1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bloomers

bloomer

noun

A blunder; boner, goof: a ''bloomer'' by Truman and Marshall about a grave that was not there/ This dictionary, I'm afraid, is scarcely free of bloomers

[Australian 1880s+; fr the phrase ''a blooming error'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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