Definition of oops exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʊps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʊps//
    ; BrE BrE//uːps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//uːps//
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  1. 1used when somebody has almost had an accident, broken something, etc. Oops! I almost spilled the wine.
  2. 2used when you have done something embarrassing, said something rude by accident, told a secret, etc. Oops, I shouldn't have said that. More Like This Exclamations aargh, ah, aha, ahchoo, ahem, aw, bah, boo, coo, d’oh, eek, eh, er, eww, gee, ha, hey, ho ho, ho-hum, hooray, huh, mm, oh, oho, oi, ooh, oops, ouch, ow, oy, pah, phew, psst, sh, tsk tsk, tut, ugh, uh, uh-uh, uh-oh, um, whoopee, whoops, woo hoo, wow, yay, yippee, yuck, yumSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originnatural exclamation: first recorded in English in the 1930s.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: oops