boo·​mer·​ang | \ ˈbü-mə-ˌraŋ How to pronounce boomerang (audio) \

Definition of boomerang

1 : a bent or angular throwing club typically flat on one side and rounded on the other so that it soars or curves in flight especially : one designed to return near the thrower
2 : an act or utterance that backfires on its originator

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Other Words from boomerang

boomerang intransitive verb

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To mitigate the issues that will come up, establish some boundaries for your boomerang adult. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Thinking about welcoming adult children back into the nest? Consider these tips before deciding," 14 June 2019 April 24, 2019: Tana posts a boomerang of herself on Snapchat and Jake's fans were quick to notice that the video was taken in his bed, recognizing the custom headboard. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul's Relationship," 25 June 2019 There were plenty of videos and boomerangs from the Globes afterparties, but this one—starring Black Panther's Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael B. Jordan—was undeniably the best. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Skid row sanitation has had a similar boomerang trajectory: In 1992, an activist put out portable toilets in skid row. Gale Holland,, "Why L.A. County’s homelessness crisis has been decades in the making," 5 June 2019 Two didgeridoos were brought home along with three boomerangs and—usefully—a large toy box. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Baby Sussex's Gifts From Australian Fans Include 11 Stuffed Koalas and Three Boomerangs," 5 Apr. 2019 The piece was rounded like a soft boomerang and came elevated in earthy, buttery suede. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Why the Hobo Bag Should Make a Comeback in 2019," 24 Dec. 2018 These new additions mean that Facebook Messenger now has five different camera modes — normal, video, text, boomerang, and selfie — just two months after Facebook announced a big Messenger redesign with a key emphasis on simplicity. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook introduces Boomerang support and selfie mode for Messenger," 17 Dec. 2018 Kim shared a boomerang on a beachside tree swing in a pink bikini. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How the Kardashian Family Spent Their Vacation Time in Bali," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of boomerang

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boomerang

Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) bumarinʸ

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English Language Learners Definition of boomerang

: a curved, flat, wooden tool that can be thrown in such a way that it returns to the thrower


boo·​mer·​ang | \ ˈbü-mə-ˌraŋ How to pronounce boomerang (audio) \

Kids Definition of boomerang

: a curved club that can be thrown so as to return to the thrower

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