wardrobe malfunction

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An Americanism, used by singer Justin Timberlake in 2004 to explain the incident during Super Bowl XXXVIII in which Janet Jackson's right breast was bared.

Noun[edit]

wardrobe malfunction (plural wardrobe malfunctions)

  1. (euphemistic) An accidental instance of indecent exposure caused by a fault in someone's clothing (especially that of a performer) or by an error made while changing clothes.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The regions of the body within the scope of such a "malfunction" usually refers to erogenous regions of the body. Sometimes more specific terms are used, such as nip slip.

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