[ bleep ]
/ blip /


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.

Origin of bleep

First recorded in 1950–55; perhaps imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bleep

/ (bliːp) /


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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