shut·​ter·​bug | \ ˈshə-tər-ˌbəg \

Definition of shutterbug

: a photography enthusiast

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Synonyms for shutterbug


lensman, photog, photographer, shooter

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Examples of shutterbug in a Sentence

an avid shutterbug who takes her camera with her everywhere

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Obsessive amateur photographers can get a few pointers on their own back-roads tour with a pro shutterbug. Alison Humes, WSJ, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 28 June 2018 By 1900, shutterbugs in these Latin American capitals were snapping plush urban parks in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, spaces of leisure for the new bourgeoisie. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 When stars like the Star Island rap mogul mix it up with shutterbugs, the amount of money recovered by the victims is usually kept under wraps. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Court papers: Diddy paid $35,000 to photographer after bodyguards beat him | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 For increasing numbers of digital shutterbugs, reality is not real unless it is photographed. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Zoe Leonard’s Messages Strike Hard — and Cast a Spell," 8 Mar. 2018 On Thursday, Kim shared yet another topless photo, along with a caption revealing that the shutterbug is none other than 4-year-old daughter North West. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Here's a Topless Photo of Kim Kardashian Taken by North West," 8 Feb. 2018 Baytown residents young and old will enjoy seeing the old movie theaters, churches and synagogues, banks, and car dealerships in the slideshow above as they were documented by shutterbugs in the 1900s through the 1970s. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "A photographic history of Baytown, from its oil boom to the early '90s," 25 Jan. 2018 For serious photographers who shoot lots of photos, there are additional options: Some shutterbugs splurge for robust photo-organizing software packages, including apps by ACDSee, Mylio and Adobe, which, for a fee, include online cloud storage. Terry Sullivan, New York Times, "A Beginner’s Guide to Backing Up Photos," 11 Jan. 2018 May's pouty likeness, shot by legendary shutterbug Richard Avedon, originally appeared in a 1950s Revlon hairspray ad. Amanda Montell, Woman's Day, "1960s Top Model Sues 'Mad Men' Over Opening Credits," 4 Mar. 2013

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First Known Use of shutterbug

1940, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shutterbug

US, informal : a person who enjoys taking photographs

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