\ ˈblēp How to pronounce bleep (audio) \

Definition of bleep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a short high-pitched sound (as from electronic equipment)
2 used in place of an obscene or vulgar expletive


bleeped; bleeping; bleeps

Definition of bleep (Entry 2 of 3)



Definition of bleep (Entry 3 of 3)

used in place of an expletive

Examples of bleep in a Sentence

Verb They bleeped half the words in the interview! The doctor is not in the office today, but I can bleep her for you.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of our finest Ivy League baseball executives could devise a test to establish once and for all whether Manfred knows (bleep) about the game of baseball. Paul Sullivan,, 16 Feb. 2022 The longest bleep in Oscar history silenced his exchange with Rock and Rock is now looking genuinely taken aback. Mary Mcnamara, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 That’s a first for the daring Elohim, and the melty melodies, kaleidoscopic synths and bleep-bloop beats are a big, moody win. Katie Bain, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2022 The syndrome didn’t really garner much attention until a study published in 2005 in the New England Journal of Medicine essentially said what the bleep is this? Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 However, keeping an eye on companies doesn’t mean make bleep up just to discredit vaccines. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 After all, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a horny bleep. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 TikTok-star-slash-actress-slash-musician-slash-bad-bleep Addison Rae has begrudgingly responded to online backlash for introducing herself to former president Donald Trump at a UFC match back in July. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 But judging by the reaction of the 19,259 fans who ventured out to the South Side on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon to watch the Sox beat the Rays 8-7 in 10 innings, everyone gives a bleep. Paul Sullivan,, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb International broadcasters get their own raw feed of the ceremony and must decide on their own whether to bleep — which is why unbleeped video from other countries soon appeared on social media, showcasing what really happened. Michael Schneider, Variety, 28 Mar. 2022 The videos have been redacted in some spots, including apparently to bleep out names and blur faces. Mike Catalini, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 He was cut off by the defense attorney, and broadcast media made efforts to bleep out the address. Tami Abdollah, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2021 The song is clearly a celebration of female sexuality, so the decision to bleep out half the lyrics when the words themselves aren’t necessarily swear words is a poor look by CBS. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, 15 Mar. 2021 As Underwood tossed to a commercial, Osbourne kept talking, and the show had to bleep whatever word came out of her mouth. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 The censors weren't quick enough on the trigger to bleep it out. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Feb. 2020 The ceremony began on a frothy and obscene note, as the returning host, the British comedian Ricky Gervais, cracked numerous jokes that were bleeped by NBC censors. Nicole Sperling, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2020 The baby was sleeping in a plastic case, on her side, wrapped in a blanket, machines bleeping and whooping around her—breathing on her own, with the monitors above her. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bleep


1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above


1970, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

18 Apr 2022

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“Bleep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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