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Bloomer   /blˈumər/   Listen

A flower that blooms in a particular way.
An embarrassing mistake.  Synonyms: blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall.

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"Bloomer" Quotes from Famous Books

... asylums. So eager were the people to reform anything that seemed to be wrong, that they sometimes went to extremes. [22] The antimasonic movement (p. 292) was such a movement for reform; the Owenite movement was another. Sylvester Graham preaching reform in diet, Mrs. Bloomer advocating reform in woman's dress, and Joseph Smith, who founded Mormonism, were but so many advocates of reform of ...
— A Brief History of the United States • John Bach McMaster

... could not be seen until the trail came quite near it. When I caught sight of a curl of smoke I knew I was almost there. Then I saw the cabin and a little lady in almost bloomer dress milking the cow. She never finished milking that cow, nor did she ever milk any cow when her husband was ...
— Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail • Ezra Meeker

... of a luminous soul; and not glassy and languid, as blue eyes often are. She had a nose, mouth and teeth, like her father's, with her mother's cheeks, all ruddy-red with her mother's maiden blushes. She had hands and feet for a Bloomer, had Bloomers bloomed in her time. She had a round, clear, hilarious voice, that gave the birds lessons in melody, softened and sweetened the gentlest gales, and gladdened the day and the night ...
— Summerfield - or, Life on a Farm • Day Kellogg Lee

... Nutt leads them all. It is the richest, darkest crimson—usually ordered as "the darkest red." It is a great bloomer, but one word of caution where you grow your own plants:—You must keep it cut back and make it branch, otherwise it will surely grow up tall and spindling. E. H. Trego is the most brilliant of the reds that I have grown. Marquis de Castellane is the ...
— Gardening Indoors and Under Glass • F. F. Rockwell

... him never to have known any but old-fashioned women. This Blecker, now, had been made by intercourse with such women as those he talked of: he came from the North. The Captain looked at him with a vague, moony compassion: the usual Western vision of a Yankee female in his head,—Bloomer-clad, hatchet-faced, capable of anything, from courting a husband to commanding a ship. (It is all your fault, genuine women of New England! Why don't you come among us, and know your country, and let your country know you? Better learn the ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, Issue 67, May, 1863 • Various

... business now, dressed in a primitive sort of bloomer, with a wash-tub and clothes-ringer before her, and an army of bathing-suits of every kind and color flapping wildly in the fresh sea ...
— Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature • Various

Words linked to "Bloomer" :   slip, snafu, fault, bull, gaffe, clanger, boo-boo, stumble, error, spectacle, fumble, bloom, flower, solecism, trip, howler, trip-up, gaucherie, bobble, mistake, fluff, muff, faux pas, misstep

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