English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
A presumably 'natural' exclamation, only attested since 1921, possibly altered to (or from)
(attested since 1933). A shortening of whoops , whoops-a-daisy , or whoopsie-daisy oops-a-daisy, which in turn is a mispronunciation of or ups-a-daisy . upsy-daisy
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Interjection [ edit ]
( colloquial ) Acknowledging a mistake.
Oops! I left the lid off the ketchup.
Synonyms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
acknowledging a minor mistake
哎呀 (zh) ( āiyā, āiyá ) Czech:
, ups hovsa Dutch:
oeps , (nl) oei , (nl) ai , (nl) amaai ( Belgian Dutch expression ) Esperanto:
oj (eo) Finnish:
, ups oho (fi) French:
oups , (fr) houp! (fr) Georgian:
უი ( ui ), ვაი ( vai ), უფს ( ups ) German:
ups , (de) huch (de) Greek:
ουπς ( oups ) Hebrew:
אוּפְּס (he) ( ups )
, úps , úbbs æj Japanese:
おっと (ja) ( otto ), しまった ( shimatta ), あら ( ara ), おや (ja) ( oya ) Korean:
아차 (ko) ( acha ) Malay:
, yíh , wah waháá Polish:
oj , (pl) ups (pl) Portuguese:
opa , (pt) ops Russian:
ой (ru) ( oj ), упс (ru) ( ups ) ( neologism ), ох (ru) ( ox ) Serbo-Croatian:
, ups jao , (sh) ( slang, from english "shit" ) šit (sh) Spanish:
ops , (es) ups Swedish:
used sarcastically to acknowledge a major mistake
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oops ( plural oopses or ) oops
minor mistake or unforseen difficulty.
2011, Housetraining, , page 14: ISBN 1937049094
It's an oops, but one that's your fault, not your puppy's.
2013, Bruce Tucker, Leadership at the Crossroads, : ISBN 149080532X
Every plan and every activity has an “ oops.” Oops, we forgot to..., oops, who was supposed to do that? We all have experienced “ oopses”.
2014, Al Rennie, Clearwater Oops!, : ISBN 1301523828
Isn't she the same woman who works at Wings that you and Billy almost got arrested for helping her with her last little oops?
2015, Dawn Klehr, If You Wrong Us, : ISBN 0738746452
My parents had moved to this house, which sat on the border of Corktown and Mexicantown, from their tiny apartment in Ann Arbor—once they found out that their little oops was actually two little oops.
oops ( third-person singular simple present , oopses present participle , oopsing simple past and past participle ) oopsed
( intransitive , colloquial ) To make a mistake; to blunder.
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