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bloom·er 1

 (blo͞o′mər)
n.
1.
a. A plant that blooms.
b. A person who attains full maturity and competence: a late bloomer.
2. Slang A blunder.

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bloomer2
skirt and pants as shown on a c. 1851 cover of sheet music for Bloomer Waltz, composed by William Dressler

bloom·er 2

 (blo͞o′mər)
n.
1. An outfit formerly worn by women and girls consisting of loose pants gathered about the ankles and worn under a skirt.
2. bloomers
a. Wide, loose pants gathered at the knee and formerly worn by women and girls for exercising and athletics.
b. Girls' underpants of similar design.

[After Amelia Jenks Bloomer.]

bloomers

(ˈbluːməz)
pl n
1. informal women's or girls' baggy knickers
2. (formerly) loose trousers gathered at the knee worn by women for cycling and athletics
3. history Also called: rational dress long loose trousers gathered at the ankle and worn under a shorter skirt
[from bloomer, a garment introduced in about 1850 and publicized by Mrs A. Bloomer (1818–94), US social reformer]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bloomers - underpants worn by womenbloomers - underpants worn by women; "she was afraid that her bloomers might have been showing"
underpants - an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Translations

bloomers

[ˈbluːməz] NPLbombachos mpl, pantaletas fpl (LAm)

bloomers

[ˈbluːmərz] npl (= underwear) → culotte f bouffante

bloomers

plPumphose f

bloomers

[ˈbluːməz] nplmutandoni mpl a sbuffo
References in classic literature ?
Five vast bloomers in under a minute I What could she have thought of him?
I frankly admit that that letter, written with the best intentions, was a bloomer.
For as much as autumn belongs to the russet and ochre tinges of the changing leaves the season also flares with the pinks, purples and whites of the late bloomers.
More widely known of the late bloomers is Honeysuckle; moths can More widely known of the late bloomers is Honeysuckle; moths can detect the plant's sweet-smelling night-flowering scent from a quarter of a mile away.
There have been lace knickers, camisoles, G-strings, hipsters, tangas, briefs and even undies in a tin over the decades, but it all began 165 years ago when American-born women's right campaigner Amelia Bloomer unveiled "bloomers" on July 19, 1848 at a New York convention.
Summary: A pair of silk bloomers that belonged to Britain's Queen Victoria has sold at auction for 9,375 pounds ($14,950) -- three times the underwear's pre-sale estimate.
1848: At a convention in Seneca Falls, New York state, female rights campaigner Amelia Bloomer introduced "bloomers", which she described as "the lower part of a rational dress".
Dianne and Laura Mannering's Big Bloomers firm's standard "briefs" go up to a massive XXXXXXXXL - or size 50.
THIGH'S THE LIMIT Liz doesn't realise her bloomer at first and carries on with her charity speech; OH DEAR Horrified Liz after her revealing fashion faux pas; FLASH BACK TO SOME OTHER BLOOMERS POP OUT Janet Jackson at the 2004 Superbowl; BRA-NO Judy Finnigan at NTV awards in 2000; PEEKY Mirror's Tess Daly loses strap in 2006; REARLY Lindsay Lohan shows her art in January; BUM RAP Kimberley Walsh in July last year
Seneca Falls publisher Amelia Bloomer pressed for pantaloons so strongly in her pioneering women's newspaper The Lily that the mainstream press ridiculed them as "Bloomers.
Bloomers were named after Mrs Amelia Bloomer, an 18th-century reformer for women's rights, who wore knickerbockers for cycling.
BIG and bouncy bloomers - that's what you get with a great offer.