- a costume for women, advocated about 1850 by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, consisting of a short skirt, loose trousers gathered and buttoned at the ankle, and often a coat and a wide hat.
- bloomers, (used with a plural verb)
- loose trousers gathered at the knee, formerly worn by women as part of a gymnasium, riding, or other sports outfit.
- women's underpants of similar, but less bulky, design.
- the trousers of a bloomer costume.
- any of various women's garments with full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge.
- (of a woman's garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge: bloomer shorts.
Origin of bloomer1
1850–55, Americanism; named after A.J. Bloomer
- a plant that blooms: a night bloomer.
- a person who develops skills, abilities, interests, etc., commensurate with his or her capacities: a quiet, methodical child who became a late bloomer.
Origin of bloomer2
- a foolish mistake; blunder.
Origin of bloomer3
- Amelia Jenks [jengks] /dʒɛŋks/, 1818–94, U.S. social reformer and women's-rights leader.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for bloomer
"I think he's going to be a bloomer in college" is the first thing Lissa told me about him over the phone before we met.The Great College Road Trip
April 8, 2011
Mr. Bloomer paid not the slightest attention to the question.
It was Mr. Bloomer who had re-entered the room and was received so unceremoniously.
Thus urged, Mr. Bloomer answered, "I've heard you," he said.
Most of the employes were women, dressed in the American bloomer costume.A Journey Through France in War Time
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
Susan admired their courage, but still could not be persuaded to put on the bloomer.Susan B. Anthony
- a plant that flowers, esp in a specified waya night bloomer
- British informal a stupid mistake; blunder
C20: from blooming
- British a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
C20: of uncertain 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 bloomer
1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper