[ oops, oops ]
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  1. (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

Words Nearby oops

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How to use oops in a sentence

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

    Makers | Cory Doctorow
  • And I just adore extinguish—oops, I mean distinguished looking men.

    Black Man's Burden | Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for oops


/ (ʊps, uːps) /

  1. an exclamation of surprise or of apology as when someone drops something or makes a mistake

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