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bloomer1

[bloo-mer]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. bloomers, (used with a plural verb)
    1. loose trousers gathered at the knee, formerly worn by women as part of a gymnasium, riding, or other sports outfit.
    2. women's underpants of similar, but less bulky, design.
    3. the trousers of a bloomer costume.
    4. any of various women's garments with full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge.
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adjective
  1. (of a woman's garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge: bloomer shorts.
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Origin of bloomer1

1850–55, Americanism; named after A.J. Bloomer

bloomer2

[bloo-mer]
noun
  1. a plant that blooms: a night bloomer.
  2. a person who develops skills, abilities, interests, etc., commensurate with his or her capacities: a quiet, methodical child who became a late bloomer.
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Origin of bloomer2

First recorded in 1720–30; bloom1 + -er1

bloomer3

[bloo-mer]
noun
  1. a foolish mistake; blunder.
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Origin of bloomer3

1885–90; bloom(ing) (as euphemism for bloody) + -er1

Bloomer

[bloo-mer]
noun
  1. Amelia Jenks [jengks] /dʒɛŋks/, 1818–94, U.S. social reformer and women's-rights leader.
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British Dictionary definitions for bloomer

bloomer1

noun
  1. a plant that flowers, esp in a specified waya night bloomer
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bloomer2

noun
  1. British informal a stupid mistake; blunder
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Word Origin

C20: from blooming

bloomer3

noun
  1. British a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
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Word Origin

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bloomer

n.

1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).

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