- (used to express mild dismay, chagrin, surprise, etc., as at one's own mistake, a clumsy act, or social blunder.)
Origin of oops
Examples from the Web for oops
Unlike the chaste boys club devotees of ‘Dungeons and Losers’ (oops, ‘Dragons’) of yore, women play the new games and like them.All the Grown-Up Hipsters Playing Kids’ Games
June 29, 2014
And so, a few months later, Smith announced he was leaving the race at last and that—oops!Sen. Bob Smith: The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave
December 4, 2013
This includes things like pharmacies, which sometimes don't have the cash to order new drugs, and oops!Sorry, Folks: One Way or the Other, You'll Never Be Able to Completely Count on Retirement
March 15, 2013
In the end, you've got a study of unusually compliant and stable people (who may be different in all sorts of ways) and oops!Pilot Programs: Don't Believe the Hype
January 3, 2013
He runs the secret government agency trying to kill Jason—oops, I mean Aaron—and Marta.‘The Bourne Legacy’ Starring Jeremy Renner: 7 Reasons to See It!
August 10, 2012
- an exclamation of surprise or of apology as when someone drops something or makes a mistake
Word Origin and History for oops
"a natural exclamation" [OED] of surprise at doing something awkward, but attested only from 1933 (cf. whoops).