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blooper

[bloo-per] /ˈblu pər/
noun
1.
Informal. an embarrassing mistake, as one spoken over the radio or TV.
2.
Radio. a receiving set that generates from its antenna radio-frequency signals that interfere with other nearby receivers.
3.
Also, bloop. Baseball.
  1. Also called looper. a fly ball that carries just beyond the infield.
  2. a pitched ball with backspin, describing a high arc in flight.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; bloop + -er1, orig. in reference to a radio receiver that emits bloops
Synonyms
1. error, blunder, slip, gaffe, goof.
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Examples from the web for blooper
  • Describes a blooper that misled scientists for over a century and the discovery of fossil dinosaur eggs in.
  • It's never a blooper to take a stand for clean water, through your actions and through your words.
  • So the unit produced a fake-blooper reel, full of blown lines and cuss words, all scripted.
  • Then he threw the ball, a weak little blooper that plopped almost unnoticed on the turf.
  • It's one of the rare films for which a blooper reel would be redundant.
British Dictionary definitions for blooper

blooper

/ˈbluːpə/
noun
1.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) a blunder; bloomer; stupid mistake
Word Origin
C20: from bloop (imitative of an embarrassing sound) + -er1
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Contemporary definitions for blooper
noun

See banjo hit

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Word Origin and History for blooper
n.

"blunder," 1943, apparently first in theater, from American English baseball slang meaning "a fly ball in a high arc missed by the fielder" (1937) or else from the earlier sense "radio receiver that interferes with nearby sets" when a careless operator throws it into oscillation (1926), in which case it imitates the resulting sound.

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Slang definitions & phrases for blooper

blooper

noun
  1. A blow with the fist, esp a long, looping punch: So I could hang a blooper on your kisser
  2. A high, looping pitch, throw, or hit: I poked an easy blooper over third (Baseball)
  3. A blunder; boner, boo-boo: He may have felt he pulled a blooper

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