fight·​er-bomb·​er ˈfī-tər-ˈbä-mər How to pronounce fighter-bomber (audio)
: a fighter aircraft fitted to carry bombs and rockets in addition to its normal armament

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For two days, the Russian air force’s fighter-bombers could fly deep into Ukraine without running into a veritable wall of surface-to-air missiles. David Axe, Forbes, 2 May 2023 This weapon appears to be an attachment to the standard 1,100 pound FAB-500 M62 low-drag bomb, widely used by Russian fighter-bombers since 1962. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2023 Reactivated in 1969, the unit received vastly more advanced F-4 Phantom supersonic fighter-bombers. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fighter-bomber was in 1936

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“Fighter-bomber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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