pho·to·bomb | \ˈfō-tō-ˌbäm \
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

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The couple, who, according to People, walked on the red carpet at the gala together for the first time, photobombed a picture of Boseman posing by himself. Lena Grossman, Time, "Chadwick Boseman Looks Like He's Answering Bradley Cooper's Prayers in 2018 Met Gala Photobomb," 8 May 2018 The two also had to contend with a fan who seemed to photobomb their stylish exit. Ale Russian,, "Frisky Date Night! Sandra Bullock Sports Cat Ears While Cozying with Boyfriend Bryan Randall," 14 June 2018 Despite photobombing various photos of Barcelona's good players holding up the La Liga trophy, Bolo became tired of being described by The Guardian as a 'poor man's Marc Overmars' and signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2001., "Pascal Chimbonda & 24 Other Classic Premier League Players You'd Forgotten: No. 17 - Bolo Zenden," 14 June 2018 Trudeau's critics still love to complain about his cutesy idiosyncrasies: wearing flashy socks, being seen shirtless in public, or photobombing regular Canadians. Author: Selena Ross, Anchorage Daily News, "Trudeau takes his turn as Trump's principal antagonist, and Canadians rally around him," 10 June 2018 And again, in made-to-measure black tie by über-luxe Italian label Brunello Cucinelli, grinning while photobombing White House officials Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway on the red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Rachel Dodes, Vanities, "Michael Avenatti Is “Very Flattered” That You Think He’s a Style Icon," 17 May 2018 Jennifer Lawrence photobombs Sarah Jessica Parker in 2013 Photo bomb queen Jennifer Lawrence simply couldn’t resist jumping into Sarah Jessica Parker’s shot, instantly creating one of the best GIFs in Met Gala history. Vogue, "The Craziest Celebrity Moments in Met Gala History," 2 May 2018 People thought a paparazzi photo of Chrissy Teigen getting photobombed by a passerby was just a funny image. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Chrissy Teigen Sets the Record Straight About That Photo With the Random Stranger," 28 Mar. 2018 She and Fallon headed to the NBC Studios to photobomb fans snapping 2018 Winter Olympics photos at 30 Rock. Melissa Locker, Time, "Chloe Kim Surprises Fans By Photobombing Them Like the Olympic Superstar She Is," 22 Feb. 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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