- 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
- 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
Examples from the Web for bloomers
It was a pleasantly lush Dolce & Gabbana romp filled with shaped dresses, circle skirts, and bloomers.Ode to Joy: Dolce, Versace and Bottega in Milan for Spring 2013
September 23, 2012
After dinner, the apprentices retired, to finish sewing some bloomers.The Bill-Toppers
Women should wear short skirts, bloomers, or riding-breeches.Your National Parks
Enos A. Mills
How does the band of the bloomers differ from that put on the petticoat?
All girls should know about it, whether you will use wool or cotton for your bloomers.
Bloomers can also be made from gingham, percale, galatea, or other cotton cloth.
- informal women's or girls' baggy knickers
- (formerly) loose trousers gathered at the knee worn by women for cycling and athletics
- Also called: rational dress history long loose trousers gathered at the ankle and worn under a shorter skirt
- a plant that flowers, esp in a specified waya night bloomer
- British informal a stupid mistake; blunder
- British a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
Word Origin and History for bloomers
1851, named for U.S. feminist reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894), who promoted them. The surname is attested from c.1200, said to mean literally "iron-worker," from Old English bloma (see bloom (n.2)).
1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).