Definition of blooper in English:

blooper

noun

North american
informal
  • 1An embarrassing error.

    ‘he poked fun at his own tendency to utter bloopers’
    [as modifier] ‘blooper shows consisting of out-takes from films’
    • ‘Happily, they both handled such bloopers with tasteful humour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From small-town schools to urban mega-companies, every Nutcracker production is unique, and so are its bloopers and blunders.’
    • ‘Explains the author, ‘The whole treasure trove of howlers suggests the bloopers demonstrate equal opportunity zaniness.’’
    • ‘If it were solely a matter of the site blooper, then the error might be put down to dumbness and naivety.’
    • ‘It was his first political TV interview, and he made a couple of bloopers.’
    • ‘The funniest malapropisms and turns of phrase tend to be unintentional bloopers.’
    • ‘It's possibly his first blooper of the season and if you only make one every 30 games you will take that.’
    • ‘Bright colours, and flashy - but hideous - skirts, shirts, even muumuus flashed through Halle's mind, like a fashion blooper sequence that had no end.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But for the observant audience member (the one with the Sherlock Holmes observations skills), bloopers can be a major distraction.’
    • ‘Home cooks perhaps identified with Mrs. Child, who, though she clearly knew her sauces and soufflés, also committed bloopers on camera.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We did make one big blooper while assembling the system: we installed the motherboard before installing the storage peripherals.’
    • ‘I especially do not wish to see any off-screen antics and bloopers.’
    error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flaw
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  • 2Baseball
    A weakly hit fly ball landing just beyond the reach of the infielders.

    ‘Hunter's the only guy to get a hit, a blooper over the shortstop's head’
    • ‘He can hit that blooper over the first baseman's head and run all day.’
    • ‘And some infielders move very slowly when tracking a blooper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Good chemistry is when a blooper falls when your team is hitting and is caught when your team is pitching.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

blooper

/ˈbluːpə/