pho·​to·​bomb ˈfō-tō-ˌbäm How to pronounce photobomb (audio)
photobombed; photobombing; photobombs

transitive + intransitive

: to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank
… one of his favorite pranks was to "photobomb" other fans—sneaking into the background of their photographs …Bill Hanna
It's rare to see a starlet falling down on her way to accept an award, much less photobombing on the red carpet.Stephanie Merry
photobomb noun
photobomber noun

Examples of photobomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Wedding Ringer actress' mom also had a turn with Matilda, and Cuoco’s dog, Opal, managed to photobomb. Ashley Paige, Peoplemag, 15 June 2023 Satellite trails also photobomb telescopic observations. Justine Calma, The Verge, 21 Mar. 2023 As the people sat on the couch to pose for pictures, Cox appeared from behind them to photobomb their shots. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2022 As the fans sat on the couch to pose for pictures, Cox appeared from behind them to photobomb their shots. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2022 The social media post was accompanied by an image of Goldberg and another of the couple holding their newborn with Goldberg attempting to photobomb the photo from behind. Fox News, 4 June 2022 There’s a new kind of social-media experience that allows your friends to photobomb your home screen. Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 15 May 2022 SpaceX is already working to prevent its Starlink network from generating such light pollution, which can photobomb astronomy images. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 3 May 2022 Don't be shocked if big colorful birds photobomb your snapshots or crash your picnic. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2008, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of photobomb was in 2008

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Cite this Entry

“Photobomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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