\ˈ(w)u̇(ə)ps \
variants: or \ˈ(w)u̇(ə)ps \ or less commonly woops \ˈ(w)u̇(ə)ps \

Definition of oops 

used typically to express mild apology, surprise, or dismay

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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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First Known Use of oops

1933, in the meaning defined above

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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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