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

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The Pew Research Center projected that millennials are set to surpass baby boomers in population size in 2019 and represent nearly 40% of the electorate by 2020, according to Center for American Progress in 2028. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Youth-Led Climate Justice Groups Helping to Save the Environment," 28 Mar. 2019 Her story highlights some of the fatuousness of making broad generational generalizations, not least because most female boomers have had less agency than their daughters. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Boomer1’ Review: Retire or We’ll Retire You," 13 Sep. 2018 Welcome to 2018, when people are living so long that baby boomers, the original helicopter parents, have helicopters of their own. Beth Teitell,, "Meet the Helicopter Parents: They’re 90, and the kids — they’re 65," 10 May 2018 The White House in a new report highlighted the strength of the labor-force participation rate and pushed for policies to encourage more people to work as millions of baby boomers retire. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "White House Seeks Ways to Get More People to Work," 19 Mar. 2019 At the same time, Dove said, baby boomers are retiring, creating a shortage of 4,500 construction workers over the next five years — and plenty of room for women. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Hard hats and thick skin: Seattle’s building boom should include number of women workers," 12 Oct. 2018 Cure at a gigantic price As a baby boomer, Tia was at risk. NBC News, "Hepatitis C cure eludes patients as states struggle with costs," 6 May 2018 The number of victims is increasing as baby boomers retire and their ability to manage trillions of dollars in personal assets diminishes. Nick Leiber, ajc, "How criminals steal $37 billion a year from America's elderly," 5 May 2018 As the baby boomers retire, this Silver Tsunami is impacting many sectors of the U.S. labor workforce producing a scarcity of everything from doctors to utility line workers. Jay Samit, Fortune, "How Virtual Reality Is Improving Trucker Safety for UPS and Other Suppliers," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of boomer

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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