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[bom-er] /ˈbɒm ər/
Military. an airplane equipped to carry and drop bombs.
a person who drops or sets bombs, especially as an act of terrorism or sabotage.
Origin of bomber
First recorded in 1910-15; bomb + -er1
Related forms
superbomber, noun Unabridged
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  • He could not make them out, but he knew the ship was a bomber returning from Huls.

  • The bomber aloft, sir, drops eggs when the Wabbly's attacked.

    Morale Murray Leinster
  • But if they can pick up motors by the spark-waves, the bomber knows all about it.

    Morale Murray Leinster
  • The bomber had pancaked and was drifting to a landing; the squadron was out of sight.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • As it came closer Don saw that it was a B-58 Hustler bomber.

British Dictionary definitions for bomber


a military aircraft designed to carry out bombing missions
a person who plants bombs
(navy, slang) a Polaris submarine
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Word Origin and History for bomber

"one who throws bombs," 1915, agent noun from bomb (v.). As a type of military aircraft, from 1917.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bomber

blue bomb

noun phrase

A tablet of Halcion2 ,a sleeping pill: ''Time for a blue bomb,'' he announces before naps (1980s+)



A crude cocktail: The kids had been chugging ''bombers''—a mixture of liquors, wine and beer (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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