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Japanese schoolgirls wearing bloomers for physical education, modern and early styles
 ブルマー on Japanese Wikipedia

Alternative formsEdit


Listed in various resources as borrowed from English bloomers.[1][2][3][4]

Also listed in some sources as borrowed from English bloomer, without the final "s".[3]

The term shifted from ブルーマー (burūmā) to ブルマー (burumā) to ブルマ (buruma). All three forms appear to have some currency, with the shortest ブルマ (buruma) apparently the newest and least formal.



ブルマー (rōmaji burumā)

  1. "bloomers" (shorts with elasticized cuffs, especially those worn by schoolgirls as gym shorts)
    • 1998 December 20, Takahashi, Rumiko, “PARTパート.9 きゅうきょくけんこうほう [PART.9 The Ultimate Health Regimen]”, in らんま½ [Ranma ½], volume 25 (fiction, in Japanese), 18th edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-123095-4, page 135:
       (らん) ()、はやる () ()ちはよくわかる、わかるんだが…おまえブルマーはいたままだぞ。
      Ranma, hayaru kimochi wa yoku wakaru, wakarun da ga… Omae burumā haita mama da zo.
      Ranma, we understand how you feel right now, we really do… But you’re still wearing those bloomers.
  2. bloomers


  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-501211-0
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  4. 4.0 4.1 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0