bloomer

1 [bloo-mer]
noun
1.
a costume for women, advocated about 1850 by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, consisting of a short skirt, loose trousers gathered and buttoned at the ankle, and often a coat and a wide hat.
2.
bloomers, (used with a plural verb)
a.
loose trousers gathered at the knee, formerly worn by women as part of a gymnasium, riding, or other sports outfit.
b.
women's underpants of similar, but less bulky, design.
c.
the trousers of a bloomer costume.
d.
any of various women's garments with full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge.
adjective
3.
(of a woman's garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge: bloomer shorts.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; named after A.J. Bloomer

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bloomer

2 [bloo-mer]
noun
1.
a plant that blooms: a night bloomer.
2.
a person who develops skills, abilities, interests, etc., commensurate with his or her capacities: a quiet, methodical child who became a late bloomer.

Origin:
1720–30; bloom1 + -er1

bloomer

3 [bloo-mer]
noun
a foolish mistake; blunder.

Origin:
1885–90; bloom(ing) (as euphemism for bloody) + -er1

Bloomer

[bloo-mer]
noun
Amelia Jenks [jengks] , 1818–94, U.S. social reformer and women's-rights leader.
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bloomer1 (ˈbluːmə)
 
n
a plant that flowers, esp in a specified way: a night bloomer

bloomer2 (ˈbluːmə)
 
n
informal (Brit) a stupid mistake; blunder
 
[C20: from blooming]

bloomer3 (ˈbluːmə)
 
n
(Brit) a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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