bleep

noun
\ ˈblēp \

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

bleep

verb
bleeped; bleeping; bleeps

Definition of bleep (Entry 2 of 3)

bleep

interjection

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

But he’s also supported stuff like lower taxes for the rich and bombing the (bleep) out of the Middle East. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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 Can’t let this (bleep) keep lingering, (bleeping) around and keep trying to hit people. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Beanings, racial slurs should have no place in baseball," 7 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Frances McDormand gets mistakenly bleeped during acceptance speech. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Golden Globes 2018: 7 must-know moments from Sunday's show," 8 Jan. 2018 All the big names are here: from heroes (Yaz, Ted Williams, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz) to villains (Bucky [bleeping] Dent). Kate Tuttle, BostonGlobe.com, "Finding fresh views of the storied Sox," 29 June 2018 Rubio was responding to a CNN interview with a survivor of the shooting at the Annapolis Capital Gazette where the swearing wasn’t bleeped out. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Marco Rubio doesn’t like it when people report other people using the F-bomb.," 29 June 2018 When the segment was broadcast, the offending word was bleeped out, but it was left uncensored on the clip that was posted online. John Koblin, New York Times, "Samantha Bee Apologizes for a Slur Against Ivanka Trump," 31 May 2018 Some first names are heard on the calls but last names and phone numbers were bleeped out on the recordings released under a court order obtained by media organizations including The Associated Press. Time, "'There's People Shot Everywhere!' Las Vegas Police Release Audio of Concert Shooting 911 Calls," 8 June 2018 De Niro had been tapped to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the Tony Awards on Sunday, and the vocal Trump critic used his moment onstage to hurl a certain expletive at the president that CBS had to bleep out from its telecast. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "President Trump calls out 'punch-drunk' Robert De Niro for Tony Awards comment," 13 June 2018 It was bleeped on air, but ran online, and set off a scramble inside Time Warner Inc., TWX 1.80% the network’s parent company. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "AT&T Beat the Government Over Time Warner—Now Comes the Hard Part," 13 June 2018 The Tony ceremony was marked by politically pointed speeches — none more sharp than that by actor Robert De Niro, who dropped a couple of F-bombs while referring to President Trump, which were bleeped out by CBS. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Band’s Visit’ wins big at Tony Awards," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of bleep

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1968, in the meaning defined above

Interjection

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bleep

Noun

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bleep

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bleep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short, high sound made by an electronic device

—used in place of an offensive word

bleep

verb

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

: to replace (offensive words on radio or television) with an electronic sound

: to make a short, high sound

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