[ 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 formssu·per·bomb·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bomber


/ (ˈbɒmə) /


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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