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

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Other Words from photobomb

photobomb noun
photobomber noun

Examples of photobomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The funniest celeb commercials, from Ja Rule's low-budget ad to Taylor Swift for Apple Music," 3 July 2020 The Fiji Water model became the night's biggest meme, photobombing several celebrities on the red carpet. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Biggest Moments From the 2019 Golden Globes," 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, "10 embarrassing animal photos captured by camera traps," 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, "Timothée Chalamet Photobombed Margot Robbie on the Oscars Red Carpet," 10 Feb. 2020 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,, "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

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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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Cite this Entry

“Photobomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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