bloomer

1
[bloo-mer]

noun

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)
  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.

adjective

(of a woman's garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge: bloomer shorts.

Origin of bloomer

1
1850–55, Americanism; named after A.J. Bloomer

bloomer

2
[bloo-mer]

noun

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 bloomer

2
First recorded in 1720–30; bloom1 + -er1

bloomer

3
[bloo-mer]

noun

a foolish mistake; blunder.

Origin of bloomer

3
1885–90; bloom(ing) (as euphemism for bloody) + -er1
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Related Words for bloomers

goof, blooper, stumble, muff, fumble, error, boner, bungle, mistake

Examples from the Web for bloomers

Contemporary Examples of bloomers

Historical Examples of bloomers

  • After dinner, the apprentices retired, to finish sewing some bloomers.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for bloomers

bloomers

pl n

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

Word Origin for bloomers

from bloomer, a garment introduced in about 1850 and publicized by Mrs A. Bloomer (1818–94), US social reformer

bloomer

1

noun

a plant that flowers, esp in a specified waya night bloomer

bloomer

2

noun

British informal a stupid mistake; blunder

Word Origin for bloomer

C20: from blooming

bloomer

3

noun

British a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top

Word Origin for bloomer

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bloomers
n.

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)).

bloomer

n.

1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).

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