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boomer

[boo-mer] /ˈbu mər/
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
1820-1830
1820-30; boom1 + -er1

boom1

[boom] /bum/
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
Related forms
boomingly, adverb
Synonyms
3. prosper, thrive, develop.
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  • Or rather today's anti-war movement is essentially your father's: it's the same boomer peaceniks, unable to let go.
  • boomer grandparents will spoil their children's children as eagerly as they once spoiled themselves.
  • The sun was not up sooner than the average boomer this morning.
British Dictionary definitions for boomer

boomer

/ˈbuːmə/
noun
1.
(Austral) a large male kangaroo
2.
(Austral & NZ, informal) anything exceptionally large
Word Origin
from English dialect

boom1

/buːm/
verb
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
noun
3.
a deep prolonged resonant sound: the boom of the sea
4.
the cry of certain animals, esp the bittern
5.
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 Compare depression (sense 5)
6.
any similar period of high activity
7.
the activity itself: a baby boom
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Dutch bommen, of imitative origin

boom2

/buːm/
noun
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.
  1. 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
  2. the area so barred off
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch boom tree, beam
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Word Origin and History for boomer

boom

v.

mid-15c., earliest use was for bees and wasps, probably echoic of humming. The meaning "make a loud noise" is 15c. Cf. bomb. Meaning "to burst into prosperity" (of places, businesses, etc.) is 1871, American English. Related: Boomed; booming. Boom box first attested 1978.

n.

"long pole," 1540s, from Scottish boun, borrowed from Dutch boom "tree, pole, beam," from a Middle Dutch word analogous to Old English beam (see beam (n.)).

in the business sense, 1873, sometimes said to be from boom (n.1), 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 definitions & phrases for boomer

boomer

noun
  1. A migratory worker (1890s+ Hoboes)
  2. A railroad or construction worker, logger, etc, who continually shifts from one place of work to another (1890s+ Hoboes)
  3. A womanizer; ladies' man (1930s+)
  4. An enthusiastic advocate of land development: What consumes the attention of most Idahoans is the battle between the boomers (developers) and the greenies (environmentalists) (1880s+)
  5. A member of the post-WWII baby boom; baby boomer: Two quirky tales of adolescence, rooted in boomer history and sanitized for the boomer market (1980s+)

boom

adjective

Wonderful; fashionable; outstanding; great (1990s+ Canadian students)

noun

Marijuana (1950s+ Narcotics)

verb
  1. To flourish; show vigor: Business is booming! (1860s+)
  2. To promote aggressively: There he goes booming that brand of soap (1890s+)
  3. (also boom along) To sail fast, under full canvas (1600s+ Nautical)
Related Terms

fall down and go boom,lower the boom


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Idioms and Phrases with boomer

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