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



    BrE BrE//wʊps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wʊps//
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  1. 1used when somebody has almost had an accident, broken something, etc. Whoops! Careful, you almost spilt coffee everywhere.
  2. 2used when you have done something embarrassing, said something rude by accident, told a secret, etc. Whoops, you weren't supposed to hear 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 Origin1920s: probably an alteration of upsy-daisy; compare with oops.
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