bloomer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bloomer an embarrassing mistake
    • n bloomer a flower that blooms in a particular way "a night bloomer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bloomer A costume for women, consisting of a short dress, with loose trousers gathered round ankles, and (commonly) a broad-brimmed hat.
    • Bloomer A woman who wears a Bloomer costume.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bloomer A plant which blooms.
    • bloomer Having the character of the style of female dress introduced by Mrs. Bloomer of New York in 1849-50: as, a bloomer costume; a bloomer hat.
    • n bloomer A dress or costume for women, the distinctive features of which are a short skirt, loose trousers buttoned round the ankle, and a broad-brimmed, low-crowned hat. Specifically
    • n bloomer A bloomer hat.
    • n bloomer plural The articles composing a bloomer costume: as, to be dressed in bloomers.
    • n bloomer A woman who assumes such a dress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Bloomer blōōm′ėr a dress for women, partly resembling men's dress, devised by Mrs Bloomer of New York about 1849, consisting of a jacket with close sleeves, a skirt falling a little below the knee, and a pair of Turkish trousers.
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Quotations

  • Sigourney Weaver
    Sigourney Weaver
    “Whether it was work, marriage, or family, I've always been a late bloomer.”

Idioms

Late bloomer - When someone does not obtain success with their interests, talents, or personality until later in their lives, we say they are a late bloomer.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Mrs. Bloomer, an American, who sought to introduce this style of dress

Usage

In literature:

Middies and bloomers simply compel one to run and scamper.
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
A Slayer made slays, part of a weaver's loom, and a Bloomer worked in a bloom-smithy, from Anglo-Sax.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
I finally found the Rush to be a simultaneous bloomer whereas the other was just the reverse.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
What did Bloomerism amount to?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
It is one of our earliest bloomers.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Then Baby William tried to turn around and look at the back of his little bloomers.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
Mrs. Bloomer, however, filled it rather snugly.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
Knickerbockers or bloomers should be worn.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Cutler, Amelia Bloomer, Dr. Ellen B. Ferguson, Mrs. E. O. G. Willard, the Rev.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Don't try to raise your hat to the passing "bloomer" until you become an expert in guiding your wheel.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
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In poetry:

"I wore my navy blue bloomers,
And heliotrope skirt waist;
And his eyes were ever on me,
I dressed to suit his taste."
"Woman in Congress" by Frank Barbour Coffin
A thoosan' white mutches!—what think ye o' that?
Nae haffitless bannet, nae bloomer or hat,
Was worn by the grannies that nicht in the ha',
Juist snod pipet mutches as white as the snaw.
"The Feast of The "Munches"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

A late bloomer in track and field, John Wise has become a tough competitor.
The rose of charity blooms at Bloomers.
In upstate New York, Maraleen Manos-Jones, who cultivates a butterfly garden, discovered the late-bloomer in its chrysalis.
Riley Matthew Bloomer ( click for larger version ).
Smooth phlox is a charming in-between bloomer.
This easy bloomer can take the Colorado heat.
I was a late bloomer, a very late bloomer.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY — However you want to describe seniors James Chambers and Chris Jordan — perhaps late bloomers or being in the right place at the right time — they are making the most out of their last season at Air Force.
Chancie Grant was a late bloomer to volleyball, but in the 8th grade when she towered over other girls her age, it was a no brainer to join the sport.
Deadheading these late spring or early summer bloomers will encourage repeat blooms.
Call me a late bloomer, but after hanging out with chain smokers for most of high school, college, and grad school, it just happened.
Among other early bloomers are Yoshino cherry trees – the most common cherry tree in Japan – and Mount Fuji cherry trees with their snowy white blossoms .
Two ceremonies will be held on Saturday, December 15, at 10 am and 2 pm in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Elijah Wood is a 'Late Bloomer': Randall Einhorn directing indie based on 'Memoir of My Body'.
Bloomers gather to see the perennial diva herself.
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