photobomb

verb

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 At one point, Fallon and Rock crept up behind the pontiff’s chair to photobomb him. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 14 June 2024 Photograph: United Launch Alliance Astronomers are concerned that bright satellites can photobomb images and interfere with radio receivers, degrading astronomical data. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 6 Oct. 2023 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photobomb. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

photobomb

verb
pho·​to·​bomb
ˈfōt-ō-ˌbäm
: to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank
photobomb noun
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