bleep

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Onomatopoeic

Noun[edit]

bleep (plural bleeps)

  1. A brief high-pitched sound, as from some electronic device.
  2. (euphemistic) Something named by an explicit noun in the original, unedited version of the containing sentence.
    What the bleep are you doing?
  3. (music, slang, uncountable) A broad genre of electronic music with goth and industrial influences, as opposed to traditional gothic rock.
    • 2005, "Jennie Kermode", What is gothic? (on newsgroup alt.gothic)
      See, there are a huge number of people in this city who look like goths and talk the talk and claim to enjoy much of the same music I do, so it confuses me somewhat that the clubs all play bleep. I would have thought there would be enough people to make something else work.
    • 2005, "oldgoth", Theaving[sic] Goths (on newsgroup uk.people.gothic)
      A number of nights now steer away from the EBM of yesteryear. The scene is alive and kicking with plenty of new bands that aren't reliant on synths. All you have to do is look. At InsanitoriuM we have a large, young, crowd that would up and leave if we started playing bleep at them, and we're not alone.

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Verb[edit]

bleep (third-person singular simple present bleeps, present participle bleeping, simple past and past participle bleeped)

  1. (intransitive) To emit one or more bleeps.
  2. (transitive) To edit out inappropriate spoken language in a broadcast by replacing offending words with bleeps.

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