fender bender


Definition of fender bender

: a minor automobile accident

Examples of fender bender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Sensors are located on bumpers and side mirrors, spots that are easily hit — either in a significant accident or some minor fender benders. Susan Tompor, chicagotribune.com, "Spike in auto insurance premiums driven by high-tech features," 29 Jan. 2018 Waymo’s cars with safety drivers have been involved in dozens of accidents in California, but those have mostly been minor fender benders at low speeds. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in California," 31 Oct. 2018 The call that came into a GEICO auto insurance claims department seemed routine: A Lexus GS350 was involved in a fender bender with a Chrysler 320 in North Miami-Dade. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "One Lexus, 10 crashes, none real. Rogue adjusters in Miami scammed GEICO, police say," 10 July 2018 In most casts, the fatal airbag deployments were triggered by a fender bender from which the victims should have been able to walk away, the release said. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Feds warn South Florida drivers about need to get airbags replaced," 8 June 2018 According to the report, the model’s chauffeured car was involved in a fender bender. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Kendall Jenner Denies Report She Was Involved in Fender Bender at Cannes Film Festival," 17 May 2018 Ramona Singer is recovering after getting into a fender bender in the Hamptons over the weekend. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Ramona Singer Is 'Swollen and Bruised' After 'Upsetting' Car Accident in the Hamptons: Source," 29 May 2018 What about the woeful ridership numbers, broken-down ticket machines and plethora of other fender benders? Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX: Is Cincinnati's streetcar cursed? Here's what Bible scholar, psychic have to say," 22 Jan. 2018 Despite those instructions, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns was involved in a fender bender on Jan. 20 and left the scene, according to prosecutors. Colleen Long, BostonGlobe.com, "Driver in crash that killed Broadway actress’s 4-year-old daughter charged," 4 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fender bender.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fender bender

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fender bender

Share fender bender

Statistics for fender bender

Last Updated

21 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fender bender

The first known use of fender bender was circa 1962

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fender bender

fender bender


English Language Learners Definition of fender bender

: a minor car accident

More from Merriam-Webster on fender bender

Nglish: Translation of fender bender for Spanish Speakers

Comments on fender bender

What made you want to look up fender bender? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


someone who never drinks alcohol

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!