[oo ps, oops] /ʊps, ups/
(used to express mild dismay, chagrin, surprise, etc., as at one’s own mistake, a clumsy act, or social blunder.)
an exclamation of surprise or of apology as when someone drops something or makes a mistake
“a natural exclamation” [OED] of surprise at doing something awkward, but attested only from 1933 (cf. whoops).
An exclamation of surprise, dismay, apology, etc, esp when one has done something awkward: Mr Belve, oops, I mean Webb, is ecstatic (1933+)
A blunder; serious mistake; goof, whoops: Might have saved her life. Basic oops (1980s+)
(also oops up) To vomit; barf (1980s+)
[echoic, fr the involuntary lip-rounding and expulsion of breath that accompany a regrettable mistake, and from an approximation of the sound of vomiting]
“OOPS: A Knowledge Representation Language”, D. Vermeir, Proc 19th Intl Hawaii Conf on System Sciences, IEEE (Jan 1986) pp.156-157.
Conference on Object-oriented Programming Systems, Languages and Applications.
/ɔːt/ noun 1. Jan Hendrick. 1900–92, Dutch astronomer, who confirmed (1927) and developed the theory of galactic rotation. He was the first to propose (1950) the existence of a mass of comets orbiting the sun far beyond the orbit of Pluto (the Oort cloud)
[awrt, ohrt] /ɔrt, oʊrt/ noun, Astronomy. 1. a region of the solar system far beyond the orbit of the dwarf planet in which billions of comets move in nearly circular orbits unless one is pulled into a highly eccentric elliptical orbit by a passing star. Compare . n. in reference to the hypothetical cloud of […]
[oo r-ee] /ˈʊər i/ adjective, Scot. 1. . [oo r-ee] /ˈʊər i/ adjective, Scot. 1. shabby; dingy. 2. melancholy; languid.