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

Other Words from boomerang

boomerang intransitive verb

Examples of boomerang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Care must be reciprocal and love a boomerang, because all Mark had given seemed to be returning to him now. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 But my experience asking for my old job back taught me some important lessons about shame, forgiveness, and being a boomerang employee. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 27 Oct. 2021 Some of the more obvious boomerang effects of these laws have already been noted. John Blake, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 In our era of perpetual warfare, with its boomerang effects on domestic liberties and civic trust, such insights remain unheeded. Brandon M. Terry, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 The arrival of a massive flotilla of Chinese maritime militia near a streak of land shaped like a boomerang called Whitsun Reef in March offered an opportunity to fight back. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 She was beamed up into a spaceship decked out with a mirror ball, a boomerang and beakers. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 The video showed a disco ball, the Scales of Justice, test tubes, beakers, dry ice and a boomerang. Dana Rose Falcone,, 22 Sep. 2021 The Runway, the boomerang of retail, relies on them. Steven Bertoni, Forbes, 4 June 2021

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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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13 Jan 2022

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“Boomerang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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