Definition of blooper in English:


Pronunciation /ˈblo͞opər/ /ˈblupər/

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  • 1North American An embarrassing error.

    ‘he poked fun at his own tendency to utter bloopers’
    • ‘If it were solely a matter of the site blooper, then the error might be put down to dumbness and naivety.’
    • ‘Explains the author, ‘The whole treasure trove of howlers suggests the bloopers demonstrate equal opportunity zaniness.’’
    • ‘From small-town schools to urban mega-companies, every Nutcracker production is unique, and so are its bloopers and blunders.’
    • ‘I bet there were some great bloopers and blunders and interesting going's on behind the scenes on this film that I would have liked to see.’
    • ‘When pundits expected his verbal gaffes to mark him as unqualified, instead the bloopers raised his stature as a guy too tough to crack a sissified book.’
    • ‘The funniest malapropisms and turns of phrase tend to be unintentional bloopers.’
    • ‘This film had some wonderful moments, and was beautifully shot on what looked like digital video, but there were some major character inconsistencies and plot bloopers that suspended disbelief.’
    • ‘But for the observant audience member (the one with the Sherlock Holmes observations skills), bloopers can be a major distraction.’
    • ‘So far this year I've not made too many bloopers, thank goodness, and by the same token I've not revealed any personal data that I wouldn't want aired on the other 364 days of the year.’
    • ‘Home cooks perhaps identified with Mrs. Child, who, though she clearly knew her sauces and soufflés, also committed bloopers on camera.’
    • ‘OK I was on auto pilot, a few million more braincells than usual refused to fire up, I probably made some serious bloopers and I was aware of a slight shiver of muscular fatigue, all day.’
    • ‘The young girls in them shine through all the make up and Parisian dressing when they giggle at one another's little bloopers and talk nostalgically about their families.’
    • ‘I especially do not wish to see any off-screen antics and bloopers.’
    • ‘Happily, they both handled such bloopers with tasteful humour.’
    • ‘It was his first political TV interview, and he made a couple of bloopers.’
    • ‘Bright colours, and flashy - but hideous - skirts, shirts, even muumuus flashed through Halle's mind, like a fashion blooper sequence that had no end.’
    • ‘It's possibly his first blooper of the season and if you only make one every 30 games you will take that.’
    • ‘I have waited a few days to see if my mind too, like so many other things, would change, resulting in a blooper where I'd say ‘Oops I am back’ and get back to it with a sheepish grin on my face.’
    • ‘The most common blooper today occurs with handloads that deliver sub-standard levels of performance because either the powder charge is insufficient or there isn't any powder and only the primer is firing.’
    • ‘We did make one big blooper while assembling the system: we installed the motherboard before installing the storage peripherals.’
    error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flaw
    1. 1.1A brief television or radio segment containing a humorous error, often collected with others for broadcast as a group.
      ‘a selection of bloopers and outtakes from the evening’
      • ‘Also on each disc you'll find a short two-to-five minute selection of bloopers pertaining to the selection of episodes on that particular volume, as well as some text biographies of the main cast and occasional guest stars.’
      • ‘Three blooper reels are included, one each for Sorbo and Steve Bacic, and one collection of bloopers by the show's various guest stars.’
      • ‘Also included is ‘The Vault,’ a collection of bloopers, deleted scenes and alternate shots.’
      • ‘There is an amusing three minute ‘gag reel’ of bloopers and outtakes.’
      • ‘Twenty years after one such blooper, every time we need a taxi, my friend goes, ‘Hey look, a flag, quick, cab the flag, cab the flag!’’
      • ‘We see more and more backstage stuff now - bloopers and outtakes, reality television, hijinks; on-set stuff.’
      • ‘Clips of deleted scenes, bloopers, rehearsals - even just the beginnings and ends of shots, with clapperboard and sound-sync beeps - have the sense of something snatched from a real event, like historical archive footage.’
      • ‘From the bloopers, it is clear that they got on extremely well, a view supported by the film's director, who says that ‘the chemistry between them was wonderful’.’
      • ‘It'll have a website where you can see previews and bloopers and exclusive footage.’
      • ‘Well, apparently women don't think all those DVD's special features, you know the stuff like deleted scenes and bloopers, are all that special.’
      • ‘This DVD includes hilarious bloopers, 2 incredible alternate endings, and many more special features’
      • ‘A lot of effort has gone into the extras here, with loads of commentaries and interviews by the writers, producers and cast, and the obligatory bloopers and deleted scenes.’
      • ‘By the way if you go see this film, do not leave during the end credits or you'll miss the hilarious bloopers.’
      • ‘The complete first season DVD includes 23 episodes, bloopers and interviews with the stars.’
      • ‘Extras include deleted scenes, bloopers and commentaries by the series' creator and several actors.’
      • ‘There are no cast commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, nothing like that.’
      • ‘She was even prim and proper during the bloopers at the end of her show.’
      • ‘Even the usually reliable bloopers sequence during the credits is lacklustre.’
      • ‘Beyond that, where are the bloopers, gag reels, and other fun material?’
      • ‘Missing once again are any commentaries, bloopers, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, or epic documentaries on the series.’
  • 2North American Baseball
    A weakly hit fly ball landing just beyond the reach of the infielders.

    ‘a blooper over the shortstop's head’
    • ‘I can hit one off the end of the bat, I can get bloopers, I can beat out an infield hit.’
    • ‘Since outfielders tend to play deep at this stadium, bloopers that are caught in other cities often turn into singles.’
    • ‘And some infielders move very slowly when tracking a blooper.’
    • ‘He can hit that blooper over the first baseman's head and run all day.’
    • ‘Good chemistry is when a blooper falls when your team is hitting and is caught when your team is pitching.’


1926 (originally US, denoting a radio which caused others to bloop, i.e. emit a loud howling noise): from imitative bloop+ -er.