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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 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 Can’t let this (bleep) keep lingering, (bleeping) around and keep trying to hit people. Nick Canepa,, "Beanings, racial slurs should have no place in baseball," 7 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The cussing has become so contagious that ABC warned participants in the last Democratic debate there would be no broadcast delay, hence no time to bleep four-letter words. Author: Mark Z. Barabak, Anchorage Daily News, "What the #%&@?! Trump and 2020 Democrats are cursing a blue streak," 24 Sep. 2019 Computational instruments bleep through radio static and scrambled bits of Japanese singing before the bass bursts through. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Rezz Songs," 23 July 2019 As campaigns had last-minute chats about the debate and its rules, at least two candidates were reminded by aides that ABC was taking the event live, with no tape delay, meaning the network lacked an ability to bleep any profanity. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Democratic Debate Live: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and More Face Off in Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 Objectionable words were not used by NFL Films or bleeped out. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Gruden on ‘Hard Knocks’ portrayal: ‘I’m not as foul-mouthed as people think’," 17 Aug. 2019 At any rate, Travolta still brought a different kind of error to the broadcast, forcing censors to bleep out his swearing. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "John Travolta drops an F-bomb while poking fun at his Oscars presenting flub at VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 Things would have been downright tame if HBO hadn’t strayed from last year’s game plan to bleep out profanity while documenting the Browns. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Was Raiders’ first ‘Hard Knocks’ episode really that bad?," 7 Aug. 2019 Blurring out cigarettes or bleeping swear words are not the only issues for critics of the new regulations such as Faruk Bildirici, one of two opposition party representatives on the RTUK. Umar Farooq, Los Angeles Times, "Turkey extends censorship rules to streaming services. Critics say political dissent is the real target," 21 Aug. 2019 Many in the audience stood and cheered, while TV censors quickly bleeped out the offending words. Rob Gilles,, "Robert De Niro apologizes to Canada for 'idiotic behavior' of Donald Trump," 11 June 2018

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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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“Bleep.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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