(used as a substitute word for one regarded as objectionable): Get that bleeping cat out of here!
Origin of bleeping
First recorded in 1975–80; bleep
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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British Dictionary definitions for bleeping
a short high-pitched signal made by an electronic apparatus; beep
(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 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.
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