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

Examples from the Web for bomber

Contemporary Examples of bomber

Historical Examples of bomber

  • 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.


    Murray Leinster

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


    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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper