photobomb

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

Definition of photobomb

: 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

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Other Words from photobomb

photobomb noun
photobomber noun

Examples of photobomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other companies plan similar arrays, and astronomers are worried that all of those orbiting devices may unavoidably photobomb images collected by large telescopes around the world. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites, and seeks to address astronomers' concerns," 6 Jan. 2020 Her dog Colombo photobombed the scene with an adorable plaid hat on his head. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Bella Hadid, Julia Fox, and More," 21 Dec. 2019 While there, the family of five decided to take a photo, when one of the monkeys photobombed their picture. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Brave Monkey Crashes Tourists' Bali Vacation Photo for a Selfie," 13 June 2019 For example, pro surfer Kelly Slater didn’t seem to be aware of a shark that photobombed his GoPro footage in 2014. Samantha Yadron, Outside Online, "Sharks Swim Near Humans a Lot More than You Think," 28 Aug. 2019 Yes, that's a snake—a large one—photobombing Mills' obligatory Summer's Over snapshot, eyes locked on the Auburn 7th grader. Jeremy Henderson, al, "Auburn snake stars in scary back-to-school photobomb," 11 Aug. 2019 Back in May 2018, Elle Fanning (Dakota's younger sister and Marc Jacobs' muse) Instagrammed a behind-the-scenes shot from the set with Jolie photobombing her selfie. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Looks Both Terrifying and Beautiful in the New Maleficent Poster and I'm Shook," 7 Mar. 2019 Brad Pitt seriously photobombed Margot Robbie's photo shoot for their upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt Photobombs Margot Robbie in the Most Extra Way Possible," 12 July 2019 As Joy and the couple began posing for pictures, a few fans in the back began photobombing the three. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Host Joy Behar Stops Show Over Hilarious Photo Dispute With Fans," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of photobomb was in 2008

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Photobomb.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photobomb. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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