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[bleep] /blip/
a brief, constant beeping sound, usually of a high pitch and generated by an electronic device.
such an electronic sound used to replace a censored word or phrase, as on a television broadcast.
Also, blip. (used as a euphemism to indicate the omission or deletion of an obscenity or other objectionable word).
verb (used without object)
(of an electronic device) to emit a series of bleeps as an audible signal, summons, or warning.
verb (used with object)
Also, blip. to censor (an obscene, vulgar, or other objectionable word or phrase) from a radio or television broadcast by deleting from the audio signal, leaving a gap or an electronic tone:
The word was bleeped out of the comedian's routine.
Origin of bleep
1950-55; perhaps imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bleep
  • Steven's impressed by the bleep it took to sing it and asks him to do something else.
  • The posted version appears to have been edited to bleep out the names of some of the suspects being discussed.
  • The bleep grew larger, localized now, between his ribs on the right side.
British Dictionary definitions for bleep


a short high-pitched signal made by an electronic apparatus; beep
another word for bleeper
(intransitive) to make such a noise
(transitive) to call (someone) by triggering the bleeper he or she is wearing
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bleep

"electronic noise," 1953, imitative.


1957, from bleep (n.); specific sense of "edit a sound over a word deemed unfit for broadcast" is from 1968 (earliest reference seems to be to the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on U.S. television). Related: Bleeped; bleeping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bleep



A generalized euphemism substituted for a taboo or vulgar term; blankety-blank: your bleeping black ass/ They're a bunch of arrogant bleeps who think their stuff doesn't stink/ The movie ain't no blipping good

[1970s+; fr the practice of erasing objectionable material on a tape or in a soundtrack with a high-pitched sound called echoically a bleep]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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