- (used as a substitute word for one regarded as objectionable): Get that bleeping cat out of here!
Origin of bleeping
- 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).
- (of an electronic device) to emit a series of bleeps as an audible signal, summons, or warning.
- 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
Related Words for bleepinginvalidate, annul, vacate, abrogate, dissolve, rescind, phone, contact, telephone, blacklist, excise, edit, suppress, withhold, restrict, sanitize, abridge, delete, expunge, omit
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Contemporary Examples of bleeping
- 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
Word Origin and History for bleeping
"electronic noise," 1953, imitative.
1957, from bleep (n.); specific sense of "edit a sound over a word deemed unfit for broadcast" is from 1968 (earliest reference seems to be to the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on U.S. television). Related: Bleeped; bleeping.