Words nearby bandwagon
What does bandwagon mean?
If you jump on the bandwagon, you join in with the many people who follow, support, or are fans of someone or something popular and/or successful (especially when it is growing in popularity).
Bandwagon is especially used in the context of sports teams, political movements, trends, and entertainment. It is almost always used in the singular in phrases like jump on the bandwagon, hop on the bandwagon, climb on the bandwagon, and get on the bandwagon. A noun is sometimes placed before bandwagon to refer to the thing being followed, such as the name of a particular sports team or TV show, as in people start to jump on the Yankees bandwagon around playoff time.
It is often used in a mildly negative way as a criticism of those who started following such a thing simply because it was popular or only after it had become popular or successful.
Example: After the introduction of a pro league soccer team to the city, many residents jumped on the superfan bandwagon and started attending games and buying merchandise.
Where does bandwagon come from?
The first records of the word bandwagon come from the 1850s. It was originally and is primarily used in the United States. Originally, a bandwagon was a wagon (or similar vehicle) with a musical band on it—like a float in a parade. In fact, one of the first known uses of the word comes from the famous American circus promoter and showman P. T. Barnum. Such bandwagons were used in political rallies and were intended to draw a crowd, leading to the current metaphorical use.
Bandwagon is still often used in the context of politics, especially when candidates are competing for the chance to be nominated. Jumping on the bandwagon of a popular candidate means beginning to support them. But it can refer to starting to follow or become a fan of any popular thing.
It is perhaps most often applied to new fans of successful sports teams—those who became fans after the team started winning, made the playoffs, or won a championship. Such fans are often called bandwagon fans. It is used in a similar way to refer to people who become fans of bands and pop singers once they get popular. In these two cases (sports and pop culture fandom), it is often used negatively.
You can also jump on the bandwagon of a popular form of entertainment, such as the TV show that everyone’s watching or the video game that everyone’s playing. Sometimes, it’s a popular trend, as in Are you ready to jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon? In these cases, getting on the bandwagon is often done so that you can experience what everyone is doing or raving about. Some psychologists call this the bandwagon effect.
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- bandwagoning (verb)
- bandwagoner (noun)
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How is bandwagon used in real life?
Jumping on the bandwagon is often used negatively, implying that there is some shame in it.
The constant stream of Animal Crossing content I’ve seen online this week makes me want to hop on the bandwagon and buy a Nintendo Switch. 🥺
— Kristy Wiley (@kristy_w17) March 22, 2020
Im curious to see how much of the Patriots bandwagon fan base leaves once the Patriots winning ways are over. Most will become Chiefs fans
— Alan Ledesma (@Aled145) March 17, 2020
I like to do this thing where I refuse to jump on the bandwagon & watch new shows that people are raving about & then discover them YEARS later & get mad that people never told me how good these shows were 🙃
— Taylor Brenna Leigh (@tay_friesen) March 23, 2020
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My sister jumped on the high-rise jeans bandwagon and bought four new pairs since all her friends at school were wearing them.
How to use bandwagon in a sentence
Not surprisingly, more and more investors are now jumping on what can still seem like a techy, trendy bandwagon.Bitcoin’s Blowing Up, and That’s Good News for Human Rights. Here’s Why|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|February 10, 2021|Singularity Hub
In Paris, other groups are jumping on the bandwagon, with messages about veganism or Uighur repression.
Even the New York Philharmonic has jumped on the bandwagon with its series of pickup truck throw-downs.WNO pop-up opera truck delivers music to the public, but it’s not a perfect fit|Michael Andor Brodeur|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
One explanation for falling off the prevention bandwagon comes down to two important predictors of health behaviors.Sick Of COVID-19? Here’s Why You Might Have Pandemic Fatigue|LGBTQ-Editor|October 24, 2020|No Straight News
Google is pitching its newest Nest Thermostat as an entry-level gadget intended for people curious to jump aboard the so-called smart-home bandwagon.Google’s new Nest Thermostat is geared toward smart-home newbies|jonathanvanian2015|October 12, 2020|Fortune
I personally plead guilty to jumping on that bandwagon without thinking fully about what I was doing.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage|Arthur Chu|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not as any kind of bandwagon, but just as a kind of natural evolution.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies|Ronald K. Fried|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Non-profits and governments may even need to get on the bandwagon.
But many conventional doctors are also fed up and are jumping on the “alt med” bandwagon.
The test came back negative, but she still jumped on the bandwagon, becoming an avid fan of gluten-free eating.
The realists had won; the rest climbed on the bandwagon but quick; and the temple was cleansed.Question of Comfort|Les Collins
Should he jump on the bandwagon of advancement to the stars, hoping to catch the imagination of the voters by it?Progress Report|Mark Clifton
There's something in an Irishman that drives him into the bandwagon.Cappy Ricks Retires|Peter B. Kyne
Gid's not to say a teetotaler, but he had to climb into the bandwagon skiff or sink outen sight.Rose of Old Harpeth|Maria Thompson Daviess
Her eyes were set on the bias and she was painted more colors than a bandwagon.The Slim Princess|George Ade