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Meaning of bloomer

bloo•mer

Pronunciation: (bl'mur), [key]
— n.
  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.
    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.
—adj.
  1. (of a woman's garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge: bloomer shorts.

bloom•er

Pronunciation: (bl'mur), [key]
— n.
  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.

bloom•er

Pronunciation: (bl'mur), [key]
— n.
  1. a foolish mistake; blunder.

Bloo•mer

Pronunciation: (bl'mur), [key]
— n.
  1. 1818–94, U.S. social reformer and women's-rights leader.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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