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  1. (used as a substitute word for one regarded as objectionable): Get that bleeping cat out of here!
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Also blipping.

Origin of bleeping

First recorded in 1975–80; bleep + -ing2


  1. a brief, constant beeping sound, usually of a high pitch and generated by an electronic device.
  2. such an electronic sound used to replace a censored word or phrase, as on a television broadcast.
  3. Also blip. (used as a euphemism to indicate the omission or deletion of an obscenity or other objectionable word).
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of an electronic device) to emit a series of bleeps as an audible signal, summons, or warning.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
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Origin of bleep

First recorded in 1950–55; perhaps imitative
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Related Words for bleeping

invalidate, annul, vacate, abrogate, dissolve, rescind, phone, contact, telephone, blacklist, excise, edit, suppress, withhold, restrict, sanitize, abridge, delete, expunge, omit

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British Dictionary definitions for bleeping


  1. a short high-pitched signal made by an electronic apparatus; beep
  2. another word for bleeper
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  1. (intr) to make such a noise
  2. (tr) to call (someone) by triggering the bleeper he or she is wearing
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Word Origin for bleep

C20: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bleeping



"electronic noise," 1953, imitative.

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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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