oops

[ oo ps, oops ]
/ ʊps, ups /

interjection

(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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British Dictionary definitions for oops

oops

/ (ʊps, uːps) /

interjection

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

oops


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

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