[oo ps, oops]


(used to express mild dismay, chagrin, surprise, etc., as at one's own mistake, a clumsy act, or social blunder.)

Origin of oops

First recorded in 1925–30; origin uncertain
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Related Words for oops

exclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh

Examples from the Web for oops

Contemporary Examples of oops

Historical Examples of oops

  • There was a tremendous crash from the kitchen, a shriek of surprise, then a small “oops.”


    Cory Doctorow

  • He saw my look and said, "Oops, I mean this milestone in paper technology once it is announced to the world."

    The Professional Approach

    Charles Leonard Harness

British Dictionary definitions for oops



an exclamation of surprise or of apology as when someone drops something or makes a mistake
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Word Origin and History for oops

"a natural exclamation" [OED] of surprise at doing something awkward, but attested only from 1933 (cf. whoops).

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