shut·​ter·​bug ˈshə-tər-ˌbəg How to pronounce shutterbug (audio)
: a photography enthusiast

Example Sentences

an avid shutterbug who takes her camera with her everywhere
Recent Examples on the Web Make like a Duchess and embrace your own inner shutterbug with a user-friendly camera like this one. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 22 July 2022 And her latest shutterbug of choice is none other than her daughter North West. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 6 June 2022 For your favorite shutterbug who wants the option to print their own digital photos, Canon’s portable Ivy photo printer easily syncs to smartphones and produces pocket-sized images. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 The shutterbug snapped a pic of him as NYPD officers escorted him away. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 10 Dec. 2021 His father, Thomas, was an amateur shutterbug who’d briefly run a professional portrait studio. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2021 The Salisbury, England native trained as a photographer and eventually landed his dream job -- staff shutterbug for a group of safari camps in East Africa. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 Perhaps unsurprisingly—Kate is famously an avid shutterbug—some of the photos appear to have been taken by the Duchess herself, including an adorable shot of Prince George that was released in honor of the Prince's sixth birthday. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 10 Nov. 2020 Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both personal injury attorneys in their 60s, filed a lawsuit Friday against United Press International shutterbug Bill Greenblatt over his June 28 snap, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Fox News, 9 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shutterbug was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Shutterbug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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shut·​ter·​bug ˈshət-ər-ˌbəg How to pronounce shutterbug (audio)
: a photography enthusiast
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