\ 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 She was made to miss three days of committee meetings for peppering live debate with her audible remote reference to one of the four previously referenced senators--Trent Garner of El Dorado--as a dumb-bleep. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JOHN BRUMMETT: Which is the greater insult?," 15 Feb. 2021 The entire slogan for the last couple of years could be: What the (bleep) is going on? John Warner,, "Want to understand latest American chaos? These 4 new books are must-reads.," 16 Aug. 2020 One way to figure out what the (bleep) is going on is to seek out books that allow the reader to understand the world more clearly. John Warner,, "Want to understand latest American chaos? These 4 new books are must-reads.," 16 Aug. 2020 This is a making chicken salad out of chicken bleep decision. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: College Football Playoff takes backseat to television dollars in SEC's conference-only schedule," 31 July 2020 But he’s also supported stuff like lower taxes for the rich and bombing the (bleep) out of the Middle East. Will Bunch,, "Could a sane, not-racist Donald Trump have been a great president?," 20 Aug. 2017 A bit of a failure upon its opening in 1997, The Fifth Element—in all its bleep-bloop orange-haired space-taxi glory—has since burrowed into our hearts. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "The Gorgeous Stupidity of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," 13 July 2017 Many of its members felt the $10,000 fine was chicken (bleep) considering Getzlaf makes $9 million a year. David Whitley,, "Stephen Colbert is lucky he's not a pro athlete," 25 May 2017 And his passion can only be measured with a bleep-o-meter. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: The four-letter word Derek Wolfe never wants the Broncos’ D-line to be called? Soft.," 16 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was cut off by the defense attorney, and broadcast media made efforts to bleep out the address. Tami Abdollah, USA TODAY, "'They need to be watched': How livestreaming the Derek Chauvin trial lets people of color monitor the justice system," 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, "Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B Lit Up the Grammys Stage In Spite of Bleeped-Out Lyrics," 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, "After Sharon Osbourne defends Piers Morgan, she insists neither of them is racist," 11 Mar. 2021 The censors weren't quick enough on the trigger to bleep it out. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin connections on XFL rosters include the guy who dropped that F-bomb," 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, "‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ and ‘1917’ Win Top Awards at Golden Globes," 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, "The Liver," 9 Mar. 2020 The expletive was bleeped out before reaching three million or so viewers. Joe Flint, WSJ, "When TV Anchors Work From Home, a Lot Can Go Wrong," 31 Mar. 2020 For Twitter, Chrissy shared a video clip of her famously bleeped Grammys red carpet moment. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Solved a Longstanding Fan Mystery With Her Dolly Parton Challenge," 26 Jan. 2020

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bleep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short, high sound made by an electronic device
US, informal used in place of an offensive word



English Language Learners Definition of bleep (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to replace (offensive words on radio or television) with an electronic sound
: to make a short, high sound

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