oops

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A presumably 'natural' exclamation, only attested since 1921, possibly altered to (or from) whoops (attested since 1933). A shortening of whoops-a-daisy or "oops-a-daisy", which in turn is a mispronunciation of "ups-a-daisy".

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

oops

  1. Acknowledging a minor mistake.
    Oops! I left the lid off the ketchup.
  2. Used sarcastically to acknowledge a major mistake.
    He accidentally shot his wife. Oops.

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Verb[edit]

oops ‎(third-person singular simple present oopses, present participle oopsing, simple past and past participle oopsed)

  1. (intransitive, colloquial) To make a mistake; to blunder.

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