1 of 3


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


2 of 3


bleeped; bleeping; bleeps


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.
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Now the trend is liberating, infuriating or both RHONY restaurant bleep Catch was the mystery restaurant caught up in RHONY drama. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2023 Springer quickly learned that booking guests who required bleeps boosted ratings. Matthew Jordan, Fortune, 2 May 2023 With stardom just a compromise away, Ani DiFranco chides her fans, goofs on the media, and wishes major labels would get the bleep off her answering machine. Jonathan Van Meter, SPIN, 8 Apr. 2023 The camera operators did pull back to a wide shot for those watching at home, but there was no time to bleep when Lavigne let off a couple of F-bombs to get the woman off the stage. Karen Bliss, Variety, 14 Mar. 2023 Later, donning a lab coat, Oviedo poses as the mad scientist who invented hoop earrings as a bleep deflector, preventing the verbal bleep of other people from getting into the ear. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2023 In the clip, her mouth was covered so what the bleep meant was unclear. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2023 Real journalists are obviously quite busy because a lot bleep is happening in the world. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 This week, we’re joined by the co-creator of one of television’s greatest comedies ever, break down what the bleep is going on at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and answer listener questions in our Mailbag segment. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Sep. 2022
The compact white bots with little orange flags and vaguely tortoise-like bodies will bleep-bloop food from participating businesses to locations within a small urban radius. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History




First Known Use


1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above


1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bleep was in 1953

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“Bleep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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