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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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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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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Membership is expected to grow significantly as baby boomers age.
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