Definition of bandwagon in English:



  • 1Used in reference to an activity, cause, etc. that is currently fashionable or popular and attracting increasing support.

    ‘the environmental bandwagon is feeling mighty crowded’
    ‘concerns over the risk posed by this emerging technology threaten to derail the bandwagon’
    • ‘While others may be content to jump on the electroclash bandwagon, Tiga again proves to be an innovator.’
    • ‘While reluctant to jump on the celebrity bandwagon, Mansfield has been active in pursuing other ways to move his company forward.’
    • ‘The Buccaneers bandwagon is smoldering after an embarrassing loss in San Francisco.’
    • ‘For some time I have wondered why it is only Hollywood, and not our own film industry, that is riding the Shakespeare bandwagon.’
    • ‘As always with the year drawing to a close I am debating whether or not to jump on the resolution bandwagon.’
    • ‘So a few weeks ago, way, way behind the bandwagon, I discovered the Norah Jones album.’
    • ‘Perish the thought of jumping willy-nilly on to investment bandwagons or lavishing shareholders' funds on high-profile marketing campaigns.’
    • ‘Apart from the integrated oil outfits, lots of other businesses are now climbing on board the environmental bandwagon.’
    • ‘It could also add enough momentum to finally bring New Labour's privatisation bandwagon to a grinding halt.’
    • ‘However, as soon as they have a steady income and begin to raise a family, they join the package-deal bandwagon or join guided tours.’
    • ‘Critics, notoriously influenced by what other critics have written, are often prone to drift onto bandwagons, consciously or not.’
    • ‘There are a number of people jumping on the Scottish bandwagon and making things very depressing.’
    • ‘One thing Clinic could never be accused of is copying anyone's sound or jumping aboard the latest fashionable bandwagon.’
    • ‘It is ironic that arts in education appears to be something of a political bandwagon.’
    • ‘Most of them have already hopped on the Linux bandwagon, largely by working with the likes of Linuxcare and Red Hat.’
    • ‘Any spectacle surrounding the Tyson bandwagon tends to display only the awesome power of money.’
    • ‘In the short-term meanwhile, there are plans for a website, as Robertson jumps on the e-commerce bandwagon.’
    • ‘Hundreds of cities around the nation have climbed onto the sustainability bandwagon.’
    • ‘FOXY BROWN is the latest member of the hip hop contingent to jump on the fashion bandwagon.’
  • 2(especially formerly) a wagon used for carrying a band in a parade or procession.

    ‘the colourful bandwagon was later purchased for use in circus parades’
    • ‘This is the explosive essence of carnival, and it is driven by music from bandwagons, articulated lorries stacked 30 feet high with speakers.’
    • ‘He says a bit in his defence and then carries on on his bandwagon.’
    • ‘Doesn't she know that there is a law against overloading bandwagons?’
    • ‘We must not reward them by jumping on any of their various bandwagons.’
    • ‘I don't like bandwagons, because I am a slowcoach and it's usually pretty crowded by the time I get there.’
    • ‘As the Culture Minister, he might have been expected to fight his corner for the arts, but no, he saw a speeding bandwagon and leapt aboard.’
    • ‘Our extended family got on the bandwagon, of course, and we all began making inquiries.’
    • ‘One man is out to derail the bandwagons in all three of the Festival's biggest races, however.’
    • ‘Sometimes, though, I don't always get on the bandwagon before it rolls out of the gate.’
    • ‘When I spoke to Declan on Wednesday evening, he was in the processing of finalizing a deal for the new bandwagon.’
    • ‘And all those passing bandwagons, wheels spinning and drivers hissing, have given William something to hop on.’
    • ‘But then, I suppose without any petrol, some smart lorry-driver might inform you, no bandwagons would get anywhere anyway.’
    • ‘At first glance, a fella could be hoodwinked into assuming both these bandwagons to be one and the same.’
    • ‘Even as the bandwagon rolled over their son's grave, they honoured his memory by voicing nothing but calm compassion for his killer.’
    • ‘Jumping on such bandwagons is fun - and I've met a lot of people who I now consider good friends through this medium.’


  • jump (or climb) on the bandwagon

    • Join others in doing or supporting something fashionable or likely to be successful.

      ‘scientists and doctors alike have jumped on the bandwagon’
      • ‘Terry can also rely on Richmond's army of supporters to jump on the bandwagon if they get the sniff of success.’
      • ‘It is a delicate dance between enticing legions of customers to jump on the bandwagon and building the capacity to support them if they actually show up.’
      • ‘With these types of economic freedoms many people will jump on the bandwagon and the projected GDP growth figures are very likely to be met.’
      • ‘Couple this with many equity-rich property owners in the UK and it becomes obvious why there has been such a rush to jump on the bandwagon and move to the mountains.’
      • ‘I thought somebody was going to jump on the bandwagon in Scotland, so why not me?’
      • ‘That means they are ready to jump on the bandwagon and honour just about anyone if it is going to be popular with the public.’
      • ‘Maybe if a couple more celebrities jump on the bandwagon, all of America will stop wearing bras.’
      • ‘Why not jump on the bandwagon and do something good for a cause that's near and dear to our hearts?’
      • ‘But without enforced government mandates, outfitters have no incentive to jump on the bandwagon, and both workers and the environment continue to suffer.’
      • ‘If somebody else innovates and it becomes successful they might try to buy them out or jump on the bandwagon, but if innovation threatens that guaranteed income they squash it and that's that.’
      • ‘The credibility and brand equity that Google enjoys is huge, and I expect them to continue to beat other search engines and advertising networks that may eventually jump on the bandwagon.’
      • ‘I pretty much ignore the critics and unfortunately I have to deal with the moochers - people who want to jump on the bandwagon and start GTG consulting firms or something.’
      • ‘It means ‘I hated it, it sucked, but I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon of chin-scratching high-brow critical savagery.’’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he said, ‘eventually all the major retailers will jump on the bandwagon.’’
      • ‘Since Meg has been asking lots of questions of her readers lately, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and ask you to join in: what's your favourite recipe?’
      • ‘My worry is that kids will think it's big to jump on the bandwagon and then another generation is infected.’
      • ‘‘We don't want to jump on the bandwagon,’ he says.’
      • ‘Since the cool girls are pimping out their favorite products in the new Amazon Beauty Store I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon and do the same.’
      • ‘Journalists jump on the bandwagon, and grand sketches are circulated highlighting an urban utopia complete with crisp boardwalks, fancy restaurants and the all-important water vista.’
      • ‘Many companies may try and jump on the bandwagon, so we need to ensure the quality of his image is protected.’


Mid 19th century (originally US): from band + wagon.