boom·​er | \ˈbü-mər \

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

But this is largely attributable to the life choices of the boomer generation, which was far more mobile than the generations before it. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 2018 Millennials, a group that rivals their parents' baby boomer generation in population, are seen as a barometer of a community's economic health, creating a solid workforce and enlivening an area's entertainment and cultural scene. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "How popular is Sacramento among millennials? City makes a big turnaround in ranking," 6 June 2018 Nonetheless, the baby-boomers aren’t going to stop getting older anytime soon. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level Since 2000 – But Wage Growth Remains Tepid," 4 May 2018 Pinball's youthful resurgence coincides with the baby-boomer generation's fade into old age and retirement. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "The First Family of pinball: Meet the local wizards behind the game's huge resurgence," 3 May 2018 This number shows no signs of falling—in fact, the number of people seeking social services each year is increasing, as is the rate of homelessness, and as the baby boomer generation ages, more and more will need the support of Social Security. Betsy Isaacson, Newsweek, "How to Fix Poverty: Write Every Family a Basic Income Check," 14 Dec. 2014 The baby boomers were retiring, the markets were gyrating, companies were trying to get out of the pension business, and state and local pension plans were struggling. Mary Williams Walsh,, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 Twelve years from now, the first millennials will be turning 49, Gen Xers will begin turning 65 and the first boomers will be turning 84 — an age at which dementia is most prevalent., "AARP invests $60M to fund research for cures to dementia and Alzheimer's," 25 June 2018 Further, with the baby-boomers retiring — and birth rates plummeting — the future of American economic growth, and the survival of Social Security, depends on an infusion of foreign workers. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Owe Central American Migrants Much More Than This," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boomer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of boomer

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about boomer

Statistics for boomer

Last Updated

10 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for boomer

The first known use of boomer was in 1880

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for boomer



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

More from Merriam-Webster on boomer

See words that rhyme with boomer

Comments on boomer

What made you want to look up boomer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


noxious or harmful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!