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

Definition of photobomb

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

Other Words from photobomb

photobomb noun
photobomber noun

Examples of photobomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This has caused worries within the astronomy community, as the satellites can potentially photobomb astronomical observations, appearing as long streaks across lengthy exposures. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2021 The two actresses are at their shenanigans again in this Nesquik ad, competing to photobomb each other with the iconic Nesquik Bunny's ears. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 3 July 2020 The Fiji Water model became the night's biggest meme, photobombing several celebrities on the red carpet. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 6 Jan. 2019 But then, out of nowhere, a flying squirrel decides to photobomb the moment, and a camera flash only adds to the mayhem. Mary Beth Griggs, Popular Science, 1 May 2016 Kevin MazurGetty Images Hey, hi, hello, and welcome to the photo series of my dreams: good ol' Timothée Chalamet photobombing Margot Robbie on the Oscars red carpet. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of photobomb

2008, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for photobomb

photo entry 1 + bomb entry 2

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17 May 2022

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“Photobomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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