[ bloo-per ]
/ ˈblu pər /


Informal. an embarrassing mistake, as one spoken over the radio or TV.
Radio. a receiving set that generates from its antenna radio-frequency signals that interfere with other nearby receivers.
Also bloop. Baseball.
  1. Also called looper. a fly ball that carries just beyond the infield.
  2. a pitched ball with backspin, describing a high arc in flight.

Nearby words

  1. bloomsbury,
  2. bloomsbury group,
  3. bloomsday,
  4. bloomy,
  5. bloop,
  6. bloor,
  7. bloor, ella reeve,
  8. blootered,
  9. bloquiste,
  10. blossom

Origin of blooper

1925–30; bloop + -er1, orig. in reference to a radio receiver that emits bloops Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blooper


/ (ˈbluːpə) /


informal, mainly US and Canadian a blunder; bloomer; stupid mistake

Word Origin for blooper

C20: from bloop (imitative of an embarrassing sound) + -er 1

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Word Origin and History for blooper



"blunder," 1943, apparently first in theater, from American English baseball slang meaning "a fly ball in a high arc missed by the fielder" (1937) or else from the earlier sense "radio receiver that interferes with nearby sets" when a careless operator throws it into oscillation (1926), in which case it imitates the resulting sound.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper