boom·​er | \ ˈbü-mər How to pronounce boomer (audio) \

Definition of boomer

1 : one that booms
2 : one that joins a rush of settlers to a boom area
3 : a transient worker (such as a bridge builder)
4 : a person born during a baby boom : baby boomer

Examples of boomer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wells' death is another reminder of the slow passage of baby-boomer TV iconography from an era when there were three broadcast networks and ten of millions of viewers watched the same shows at the same time. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "R.I.P. Dawn Wells: Remembering my boat cruise with lovely Mary Ann from 'Gilligan's Island'," 31 Dec. 2020 The past year also led to a big increase in baby boomer retirements in the U.S., along with an exit of workers ages 55 and older. Dallas News, "Good riddance, 2020: Worst year ever for jobs in Texas," 27 Dec. 2020 It's been a busy time for such asset sales, as singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks, another boomer favorite, just sold an 80% interest in her catalog that's reportedly worth about $100 million. Star Tribune, "Schafer: What's behind the big decision Bob Dylan just made," 18 Dec. 2020 America’s population is getting older due in part to the large baby-boomer cohort. Janet Adamy And Paul Overberg, WSJ, "Census Estimates U.S. Population Grew 8% in Last Decade, Slowest Since the 1930s," 15 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, neighbors are praying his boomer gets busted. Fox News, "Mystery of booming sound in New Jersey apparently solved," 11 Dec. 2020 People wondered whether this decision would lead to a new consensus or was just an overcorrection for decades that privileged the same boomer favorites. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "My Year of Making Lists," 30 Nov. 2020 That ambient mirroring is familiar—think of the fatuous boomer triumphalism of the Clinton years, or George W. Bush’s blithe swaggering sadism, or Obama’s coolly virtuosic nihilism. David Roth, The New Republic, "The Littlest Prince," 17 Nov. 2020 Particularly appealing to Godoff, a gay baby boomer, was how out and proud Rapinoe has been. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Megan Rapinoe Has a Lot More to Say," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of boomer

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2021

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“Boomer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boomer

: a person born during a period of time when many babies were born : a person born during a baby boom

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