\ ˈ(w)u̇(ə)ps How to pronounce oops (audio) \
variants: or \ ˈ(w)u̇(ə)ps How to pronounce oops (audio) \ or less commonly woops \ ˈ(w)u̇(ə)ps How to pronounce oops (audio) \

Definition of oops

used typically to express mild apology, surprise, or dismay

Examples of oops in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before anybody gets carried away here — oops, too late? Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Can unbeaten BYU and its players, coaches and fans handle the truth? Yeah, but.," 6 Oct. 2020 That gives Facebook and Oculus a great opportunity to announce in the very near future that—oops, whaddya know—they've stopped producing all existing hardware. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Why the Facebookening of Oculus VR is bad for users, devs, competition," 20 Aug. 2020 Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, and Jessica Biel Casually Broke into a House While on Vacation Uh, oops? Bridget Dufour, Marie Claire, "Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, and Jessica Biel Casually Broke into a House While on Vacation," 26 July 2017 Only three even had the Cavs in the Finals, the same as had -- oops -- Toronto. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Kyrie Irving's late burst shows Cleveland Cavaliers' firepower: Bill Livingston (photos, video)," 8 May 2017 Oops. Melinda Henneberger is a Star opinion page writer. Melinda Henneberger, kansascity, "Melinda Henneberger: You may take for granted stuff I like in KC, but you shouldn’t," 12 May 2017 The expansion comes as a result of Chocolate Lab’s neighboring business not paying its taxes (oops!). Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Chocolate for dinner? Congress Park’s Chocolate Lab takes a stab," 26 Apr. 2017 The main character is a fun horse that continues to live at the end of the story (oops, spoiler alert!). Karen Chee, The New Yorker, "Upcoming Utopian Novels (Now that We Live in a Dystopia)," 19 Apr. 2017

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Oops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oops. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oops

used to express surprise or distress or to say in a mild way that you are sorry about having done or said something wrong

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