Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to express acknowledgment of a minor accident, blunder, or mistake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection Acknowledging a minor mistake.
  • interjection Used sarcastically to acknowledge a major mistake.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

A presumably 'natural' exclamation, only attested since 1933, possibly altered to (or from) whoops (attested since 1933)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.