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bloomer1

[bloo-mer] /ˈblu mər/
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)
  1. loose trousers gathered at the knee, formerly worn by women as part of a gymnasium, riding, or other sports outfit.
  2. women's underpants of similar, but less bulky, design.
  3. the trousers of a bloomer costume.
  4. 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
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; named after A.J. Bloomer

bloomer2

[bloo-mer] /ˈblu mər/
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

bloomer3

[bloo-mer] /ˈblu mər/
noun
1.
a foolish mistake; blunder.
Origin
1885-90; bloom(ing) (as euphemism for bloody) + -er1

Bloomer

[bloo-mer] /ˈblu mər/
noun
1.
Amelia Jenks
[jengks] /dʒɛŋks/ (Show IPA),
1818–94, U.S. social reformer and women's-rights leader.
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  • Did you know that this is the first spring bloomer on the prairie.
British Dictionary definitions for bloomer

bloomer1

/ˈbluːmə/
noun
1.
a plant that flowers, esp in a specified way: a night bloomer

bloomer2

/ˈbluːmə/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a stupid mistake; blunder
Word Origin
C20: from blooming

bloomer3

/ˈbluːmə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bloomer
n.

1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for bloomer

bloomer

noun

A blunder; boner, goof: a ''bloomer'' by Truman and Marshall about a grave that was not there/ This dictionary, I'm afraid, is scarcely free of bloomers

[Australian 1880s+; fr the phrase ''a blooming error'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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