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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
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Examples from the web for bloomers
  • Only problem is they are late bloomers and do not produce as much as some varieties.
  • It offers succor to late bloomers still unpublished well into their late twenties.
  • These cheery bloomers light up cool days with happy colors.
  • In fall, bulbs are interplanted with pansies and other spring bloomers.
  • She shimmies it, twists it, upends it to reveal polka-dot bloomers.
  • It's not every day that a museum explores the distinction between bloomers and pantaloons.
  • Most of our developmentally delayed preschoolers are speech delayed but are not simply late bloomers.
  • Though they are all late bloomers, some are a lot later than others.
  • They wore tiny dresses and skirts so short that their frilly satin tennis bloomers showed.
  • There were kooky ikat print, deconstructed bloomers in ruffled pink and yellow cotton, and roomy coats with built-in bags.
British Dictionary definitions for bloomers

bloomers

/ˈbluːməz/
plural noun
1.
(informal) women's or girls' baggy knickers
2.
(formerly) loose trousers gathered at the knee worn by women for cycling and athletics
3.
(history) Also called rational dress. long loose trousers gathered at the ankle and worn under a shorter skirt
Word Origin
from bloomer, a garment introduced in about 1850 and publicized by Mrs A. Bloomer (1818–94), US social reformer

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 bloomers
n.

1851, named for U.S. feminist reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894), who promoted them. The surname is attested from c.1200, said to mean literally "iron-worker," from Old English bloma (see bloom (n.2)).

bloomer

n.

1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bloomers

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.
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Encyclopedia Article for bloomers

lower part of a "rational dress" for women advocated by Amelia Jenks Bloomer (q.v.) in 1850. The entire costume consisted of a short jacket, a skirt extending below the knee, and the bloomers, or loose "Turkish" trousers, gathered at the ankles.

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