Definition of photobomb in English:

photobomb

verb

[with object]informal
  • 1Spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera's field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke.

    ‘we were interrupted and photobombed by at least twenty tourists’
    • ‘We got photobombed at Sydney Opera House!’
    • ‘Photobombing is one of my favorite hobbies ever.’
    • ‘I got photobombed by Giovanni Ribisi at the Avatar exhibit preview in Seattle.’
    • ‘A hungry emu photobombed a holidaying couple after they stopped feeding it to pay attention to other animals on the farm they were visiting.’
    • ‘They hold rowdy protests outside his office, heckle him at public appearances, and even photobomb him at City Hall.’
    • ‘I only found out later that I had actually photobombed Kim Kardashian.’
    • ‘During the announcement for Best Female Actress in a Comedy Series, Tina Fey photobombed her BFF and fellow nominee, Amy Poehler.’
    • ‘Please check out this polaroid from around 1979 of Chevy Chase getting photobombed by John Belushi on the set of SNL.’
    • ‘Photobombing has become something of a growing phenomenon in the age of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.’
    • ‘Photobombing normally leaves people upset about strangers crashing their nice Kodak moment.’
    • ‘Tina Fey was already a black belt in photobombing when she hit the background of this picture.’
    • ‘Here he is photobombing Kathleen Sebelius at an event where he reportedly pestered her to call his children on his phone.’
    • ‘Earlier this year I popped up on the front page of the New York Times photobombing Obama.’
    • ‘Then I got photobombed by my boss and a coworker, which made me realize how silly these outfit photos can sometimes be.’
    • ‘Thom Yorke is awesome. Not for being in Radiohead, but for photobombing this tourist in France.’
    • ‘As KROQ listeners, chances are high that you’ve photobombed a friend or complete stranger, or better yet, you've been photobombed.’
    • ‘I got photobombed by some guy wearing an "East Nasty" shirt.’
    • ‘It turns out, back in June I was photobombed while having my photo taken with Rob Brydon’
    • ‘As you can see, I was photobombed by the entire tour group: so much for a clean, picturesque backdrop of the desert.’
    • ‘The son of Australian Olympic chief John Coates has become a global internet phenomenon after he photobombed the Queen.’
    1. 1.1Spoil (a photograph) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera's field of view as the picture is taken.
      ‘she actually photobombed a picture of me with Jonah’
      • ‘If you are taking a picture and someone photobombs it, play it cool.’
      • ‘I've already photobombed two tourist pics today.’
      • ‘You all know that I love photo-bombing photos, so I am certainly happy to do it under any circumstances.’
      • ‘As these pictures show, no animal can photobomb a picture like man's best friend.’
      • ‘A huge fan, the 51-year-old Seinfeld actress was forced to photobomb a snap in order to get a picture with the First Lady.’
      • ‘When she was posing for a picture in Hawaii, a half-naked streaker holding a torch photobombed her picture.’
      • ‘Some of his favourite subjects are children - even when he gets back to the office, downloads his shots and realises they've adroitly photobombed his pictures.’
      • ‘Someone captured the moment and you can actually make out someone on the tennis courts photobombing the picture.’
      • ‘My sister photobombed nearly all our good pics!’
      • ‘My husband's ocean picture was photobombed by a stranger's dog.’
      • ‘I thought he might regret letting me eat a bite of his deep fried grilled cheese after I photobombed his picture.’
      • ‘I just noticed my puppy Pepper photo bombed my picture.’

noun

informal
  • A photograph that has been spoiled by the unexpected appearance of an unintended subject in the camera's field of view as the picture was taken.

    ‘everyone loves a good photobomb and it's even more hilarious when celebrities get in on the action’
    • ‘In the epic photobomb moment watched live by one billion people during the opening ceremony, Phil Coates slowly lowers himself into a shot with Her Majesty.’
    • ‘The Josh Hamilton photobomb is taking the Internet by storm and making a lot of fans jealous.’
    • ‘We've all seen photobombs - photos where others hop in unexpectedly, essentially "ruining" the photo to hilarious effect - but we've never seen photobombs quite as hilarious as the ones from weddings.’
    • ‘A post on the fans' group website compared Gill's photobomb to infamous prankster Karl Power, who changed into his kit to bustle in on United's team photo before a quarter-final loss in 2001.’
    • ‘This is the best photobomb I’ve ever seen.’
    • ‘It's been a while since we rounded up the best animal photobombs, but rest assured: the animal kingdom has been hard at work ruining people's pictures.’
    • ‘The best reader-submitted photobombs submitted by midnight this Friday, will win one of 10 double passes to the Gold Coast premiere of Hugh Jackman's new film.’
    • ‘These photos take the concept of the photobomb to a whole new level.’

Origin

Early 21st century perhaps after Google bomb.

Pronunciation

photobomb

/ˈfəʊtəʊbɒm/