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

Examples of fighter-bomber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The losses included three Su-34 fighter-bombers that were shot down on Thursday—with reports of the downing quickly circulating on social media. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 Seven of the jets were Su-34 fighter-bombers, workhorse aircraft of the Russian army, of which three went down in a single day. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 As the survivors of the 110th Brigade scurried west past covering units on the edge of Avdiivka early on Saturday, a Ukrainian air force missile battery shot down at least one—and potentially several—Russian Sukhoi fighter-bombers 60 miles east of the Avdiivka. David Axe, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Patton battle tanks, A-4 Skyhawk light attack aircraft, and F-4 Phantom fighter-bombers. Shalom Lipner, Foreign Affairs, 29 Dec. 2023 Ukraine’s Air Force said the three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers were downed around midday Friday in the south of the country. James Marson, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2023 Both Captain Pardo’s and Captain Aman’s F-4 fighter-bombers were hit about 40 miles from the steel mill, Captain Pardo recalled in a 2019 interview with The San Antonio Express-News. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2023 Today, China has developed missiles, fighter-bombers, and submarines capable of crippling U.S. bases and aircraft carriers up to 1,200 miles from Chinese shores, along with fighter aircraft and surface-to-air missiles to protect military bases on Chinese soil. Robert Haddick, Foreign Affairs, 15 Dec. 2014 Still preventing the Russian air force’s hundreds of modern fighter-bombers from ranging across Ukraine, bombing cities, bases and military forces at will. David Axe, Forbes, 2 May 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 22 Jul. 2024.

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