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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1851, named for U.S. feminist reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894), who promoted them. The surname is attested from c.1200, said to mean literally "iron-worker," from Old English bloma (see bloom (n.2)).


Etymology 1 n. (plural of bloomer English) Etymology 2

n. 1 (label en dated) Any of several forms of women’s divided garment for the lower body 2 (label en informal) Women’s underpants with short legs; knickers or drawers


n. (usually in the plural) underpants worn by women; "she was afraid that her bloomers might have been showing" [syn: pants, drawers, knickers]


Bloomers may refer to:

  • Bloomers (clothing), the undergarment named after Amelia Bloomer.
  • Bloomers (TV series), the 1979 BBC sitcom by James Saunders, starring Richard Beckinsale.
  • Auntie's Bloomers, a blooper show hosted by Terry Wogan that ran on BBC television from 1991 to 2001.
Bloomers (TV series)

Bloomers is a short-lived British sitcom starring Richard Beckinsale that was aired in 1979. It was in production in 1979 but only five episodes were made before Beckinsale died suddenly from a heart attack just before a planned rehearsal for the sixth and final episode of the first series. Bloomers was immediately shelved, though the five completed episodes were broadcast later in the same year.

Bloomers (clothing)

Bloomers are divided women's garments for the lower body.

Usage examples of "bloomers".

Brazenly now she held up her outsized bloomers to the light and arranged them on the ironing board.

Standing before the fire that held the big black frying-pan with her bacon and fried bread sizzling in it, she put on her vest and bloomers, her one calico-topped petticoat, her flannel one, her blue woollen dress and her white, frilled pinafore.

Never mind that he would have scared the bloomers off Julia Tuttle and sent cranky Henry Flagler cursing all the way back to St.

But gradually as the weeks went by and I seemed to make no unforgivable bloomers, fewer and fewer other jockeys were engaged.