boomer

[boo-mer]
noun
1.
a person or thing that booms.
2.
a person who settles in areas or towns that are booming.
3.
Informal. baby boomer.
4.
Informal. a wandering or migratory worker; hobo.
5.
a period of sudden and decisive economic growth: July was a boomer for the retail trade.
6.
Informal. a person, fad, etc., that enjoys a brief popularity or financial success: A new group of boomers made this season's hit record.
7.
an enthusiastic supporter; booster: The boomers tell us our town can double its size.
8.
Australian. a fully grown male kangaroo, especially a large one.

Origin:
1820–30; boom1 + -er1

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boom

1 [boom]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a deep, prolonged, resonant sound.
2.
to move with a resounding rush or great impetus.
3.
to progress, grow, or flourish vigorously, as a business or a city: Her business is booming since she enlarged the store.
verb (used with object)
4.
to give forth with a booming sound (often followed by out ): The clock boomed out nine.
5.
to boost; campaign for vigorously: His followers are booming George for mayor.
noun
6.
a deep, prolonged, resonant sound.
7.
the resonant cry of a bird or animal.
8.
a buzzing, humming, or droning, as of a bee or beetle.
9.
a rapid increase in price, development, numbers, etc.: a boom in housing construction.
10.
a period of rapid economic growth, prosperity, high wages and prices, and relatively full employment.
11.
a rise in popularity, as of a political candidate.
adjective
12.
caused by or characteristic of a boom: boom prices.

Origin:
1400–50; 1910–15 for def 10; late Middle English bombon, bummyn to buzz; cognate with Dutch bommen, German bummen, orig. imitative

boomingly, adverb


3. prosper, thrive, develop.
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boom1 (buːm)
 
vb
1.  to make a deep prolonged resonant sound, as of thunder or artillery fire
2.  to prosper or cause to prosper vigorously and rapidly: business boomed
 
n
3.  a deep prolonged resonant sound: the boom of the sea
4.  the cry of certain animals, esp the bittern
5.  Compare depression a period of high economic growth characterized by rising wages, profits, and prices, full employment, and high levels of investment, trade, and other economic activity
6.  any similar period of high activity
7.  the activity itself: a baby boom
 
[C15: perhaps from Dutch bommen, of imitative origin]

boom2 (buːm)
 
n
1.  nautical a spar to which a sail is fastened to control its position relative to the wind
2.  a beam or spar pivoting at the foot of the mast of a derrick, controlling the distance from the mast at which a load is lifted or lowered
3.  a pole, usually extensible, carrying an overhead microphone and projected over a film or television set
4.  a.  a barrier across a waterway, usually consisting of a chain of connected floating logs, to confine free-floating logs, protect a harbour from attack, etc
 b.  the area so barred off
 
[C16: from Dutch boom tree, beam]

boomer (ˈbuːmə)
 
n
1.  (Austral) a large male kangaroo
2.  informal (Austral), (NZ) anything exceptionally large
 
[from English dialect]

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Word Origin & History

boom
mid-15c., earliest use was for bees and wasps, probably echoic of humming. The meaning "make a loud noise" is 15c. Cf. bomb. Boom box first attested 1978.

boom
"long pole," 1540s, from Scottish boun, borrowed from Du. boom "tree, pole, beam," from a M.Du. word analogous to O.E. beam (see beam). The business sense (1873) is sometimes said to be from this word, from the nautical meaning "a long spar run out to extend the foot of a
sail;" a ship "booming" being one in full sail. But it could just as well be from boom (v.), on the notion of "suddenness."
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Slang Dictionary

boom definition


  1. in.
    to listen to music, as with a boom box. : If you're going to boom all the time, why don't you get some headphones?
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boomer definition


  1. n.
    a laborer who moves from one economic boom to another. : Fred's great uncle was a boomer in the days of the Oklahoma oil rush.

  2. Go to (baby) boomer. :
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(baby) boomer definition


  1. n.
    someone born during the baby boom—from the last years of World War II until the early 1960s. : When the baby boomers get around to saving up for retirement, you're going to see a lot of investment scams.
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Example sentences
Or rather today's anti-war movement is essentially your father's: it's the same boomer peaceniks, unable to let go.
The sun was not up sooner than the average boomer this morning.
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