a brief, constant beeping sound, usually of a high pitch and generated by an electronic device.
such an electronic sound used to replace a censored word or phrase, as on a television broadcast.
Also blip. (used as a euphemism to indicate the omission or deletion of an obscenity or other objectionable word).

verb (used without object)

(of an electronic device) to emit a series of bleeps as an audible signal, summons, or warning.

verb (used with object)

Also blip. to censor (an obscene, vulgar, or other objectionable word or phrase) from a radio or television broadcast by deleting from the audio signal, leaving a gap or an electronic tone: The word was bleeped out of the comedian's routine.

Nearby words

  1. bleeder tile,
  2. bleeder's disease,
  3. bleeding,
  4. bleeding edge,
  5. bleeding heart,
  6. bleeper,
  7. bleeping,
  8. blellum,
  9. blemish,
  10. blemished

Origin of bleep

First recorded in 1950–55; perhaps imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bleep



a short high-pitched signal made by an electronic apparatus; beep
another word for bleeper


(intr) to make such a noise
(tr) to call (someone) by triggering the bleeper he or she is wearing

Word Origin for bleep

C20: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for bleep
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