bloomer


noun

  1. a costume for women, advocated about 1850 by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, consisting of a short skirt, loose trousers gathered and buttoned at the ankle, and often a coat and a wide hat.
  2. bloomers, (used with a plural verb)
    1. loose trousers gathered at the knee, formerly worn by women as part of a gymnasium, riding, or other sports outfit.
    2. women’s underpants of similar, but less bulky, design.
    3. the trousers of a bloomer costume.
    4. any of various women’s garments with full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge.

adjective

  1. (of a woman’s garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge: bloomer shorts.

noun

  1. a plant that blooms: a night bloomer.
  2. a person who develops skills, abilities, interests, etc., commensurate with his or her capacities: a quiet, methodical child who became a late bloomer.

noun

  1. a foolish mistake; blunder.

noun

  1. Amelia Jenks [jengks] /dʒɛŋks/, 1818–94, U.S. social reformer and women’s-rights leader.

noun

  1. a plant that flowers, esp in a specified waya night bloomer

noun

  1. British informal a stupid mistake; blunder

noun

  1. British a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
n.

1730, agent noun from bloom (v.).

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