Definition of blooper in US English:



North American
  • 1An embarrassing error.

    ‘he poked fun at his own tendency to utter bloopers’
    • ‘Happily, they both handled such bloopers with tasteful humour.’
    • ‘I especially do not wish to see any off-screen antics and bloopers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's possibly his first blooper of the season and if you only make one every 30 games you will take that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The funniest malapropisms and turns of phrase tend to be unintentional bloopers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘We did make one big blooper while assembling the system: we installed the motherboard before installing the storage peripherals.’
    • ‘From small-town schools to urban mega-companies, every Nutcracker production is unique, and so are its bloopers and blunders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Home cooks perhaps identified with Mrs. Child, who, though she clearly knew her sauces and soufflés, also committed bloopers on camera.’
    error, mistake, miscalculation, fallacy, slip, oversight, fault, blunder, gaffe, defect, flaw
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    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘Beyond that, where are the bloopers, gag reels, and other fun material?’
      • ‘There are no cast commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, nothing like that.’
      • ‘Three blooper reels are included, one each for Sorbo and Steve Bacic, and one collection of bloopers by the show's various guest stars.’
      • ‘It'll have a website where you can see previews and bloopers and exclusive footage.’
      • ‘Also included is ‘The Vault,’ a collection of bloopers, deleted scenes and alternate shots.’
      • ‘We see more and more backstage stuff now - bloopers and outtakes, reality television, hijinks; on-set stuff.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘Even the usually reliable bloopers sequence during the credits is lacklustre.’
      • ‘Extras include deleted scenes, bloopers and commentaries by the series' creator and several actors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is an amusing three minute ‘gag reel’ of bloopers and outtakes.’
      • ‘Missing once again are any commentaries, bloopers, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, or epic documentaries on the series.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was even prim and proper during the bloopers at the end of her show.’
      • ‘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!’’
      • ‘This DVD includes hilarious bloopers, 2 incredible alternate endings, and many more special features’
  • 2Baseball
    A weakly hit fly ball landing just beyond the reach of the infielders.

    ‘a blooper over the shortstop's head’
    • ‘He can hit that blooper over the first baseman's head and run all day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can hit one off the end of the bat, I can get bloopers, I can beat out an infield hit.’
    • ‘And some infielders move very slowly when tracking a blooper.’


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