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

Examples of boomerang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So its evocation serves as a boomerang, in either hurting or eventually taking out the stubborn Democratic front-runner. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Anatomy of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, and the State of Our Union," 29 Oct. 2019 This type of boomerang boycott law would be based on the common democratic values in our system, recognizing the right or states to have differing policies. Jonathan Turley, Twin Cities, "Jonathan Turley: Yes, Trump has Joe McCarthy-like tendencies. So do some Democrats," 25 Oct. 2019 To throw and catch with his level of precision requires a solid understanding of aeronautics, weather, physics, athletic endurance and the ability to build world class boomerangs from scratch. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Physicists See a Quantum Leap, Halt It, and Reverse It," 9 June 2019 The best parts: Rey (Daisy Ridley) throwing her lightsaber like a boomerang and battling Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on top of what may or may not be the sinking remnants of the Death Star. Joey Morona,, "This is the new ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ footage you’re looking for," 26 Aug. 2019 But beware of hand-holding friends, or fancy folk looking to stage the perfect photo or boomerang under one of seven, yes seven, disco balls. Kevin Williams,, "Lollapalooza 2019: Roller skating and Fantastic Negrito takes us to church (without the religion) on day 3," 3 Aug. 2019 Threats from London to leave the EU in a disorderly way are harmful and will come back like a boomerang. Washington Post, "The Latest: New Zealand set to talk free trade with Johnson," 24 July 2019 Her face was so broad that her cheekbones protruded like a boomerang, her smile stretching wide across. Los Angeles Times, "One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of boomerang was in 1824

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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


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Kids Definition of boomerang

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

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