bombshell

noun bomb·shell \ ˈbäm-ˌshel \
|Updated on: 7 Aug 2018

Definition of bombshell

1 : bomb 1a
2 a : one that is stunning, amazing, or devastating
  • The book was a political bombshell.
b : a person who is the cause and object of sensational and usually widespread attention, excitement, or attraction
  • a blonde bombshell [=a glamorously attractive blonde woman]

Examples of bombshell in a Sentence

  1. discovering that I had a long-lost sister was an absolute bombshell

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First Known Use of bombshell

1708

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bombshell Synonyms

Synonyms

jar, jaw-dropper, jolt, stunner, surprise (also surprize);

Phrases

bolt from the blue (also bolt out of the blue);



BOMBSHELL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bombshell for English Language Learners

  • : something that is very surprising or shocking

  • : a very attractive woman



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