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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

Examples of boomerang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even that ruling, though, may have had a boomerang effect. Michael Wines, New York Times, "As a G.O.P. Playbook on Voter Fraud Falls Flat, Some Ask: What’s Next?," 14 Nov. 2020 And as history has shown, supporting jihadists is a boomerang that can ultimately hurt the patrons. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Israel claims Turkey is granting passports to Hamas members," 29 Aug. 2020 The latest boomerang was recorded near the mid-ocean ridge in the Atlantic, where the South American and African tectonic plates slowly inch apart. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Weird ‘boomerang’ earthquake detected under the Atlantic Ocean," 10 Aug. 2020 The film contains two crisscrossing stories that underscore the sacredness of Black beauty—one narrative is linear, the other curved like a boomerang. Zandria Felice Robinson, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé’s Search for Home Continues on Black Is King," 15 Aug. 2020 After a 138-foot drop, the track had a dizzying combo of two vertical loops, a 200-foot corkscrew, a boomerang turn (something like a bow-tie shape) and a 360-degree helix, churning the stomachs of 46 million riders. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "Top 10 retired Kings Island rides we'll miss the most on National Roller Coaster Day," 14 Aug. 2020 While this focused shaking is usually thought to happen in one direction, a boomerang could focus shaking in two opposite zones. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Weird ‘boomerang’ earthquake detected under the Atlantic Ocean," 10 Aug. 2020 Tearing down the seated president at this time will have a boomerang effect. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Think of the bees (5/5/20)," 5 May 2020 The success of the brand led to numerous extensions, including the far-flying Vortex, the boomerang-like Turbo Blast-Back, the whistling Gyro Vortex, the even-easier-to-hold Pro Grip, the complete-with-pass-routes Big Play and other variations. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Nerf Football Has Been Inspiring Backyard Championships Since 1972," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of boomerang was in 1824

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20 Nov 2020

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“Boomerang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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