boomerang – [ boo-muh-rang ] – / ˈbu məˌræŋ / – Noun
- a bent or curved piece of tough wood used by the Australian Aborigines as a throwing club, one form of which can be thrown so as to return to the thrower.
- something, as a scheme or argument, that does injury to the originator.
- a mobile platform, adjustable to different levels, for painting scenery.
- a batten, usually suspended vertically in the wings, for holding lighting units.
verb (used without object)
- to come back or return, as a boomerang.
- to cause harm to the originator; backfire.
WORDS RELATED TO BOOMERANG
return, reverse, rebound, ricochet, react, recoil, backlash
ORIGIN OF BOOMERANG
1820–30; < Dharuk būmariny
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOOMERANG
- If there’s good news, it’s that boomerang babies aren’t entirely those who can’t afford to live on their own.
- The native Australians called this constellation “The Boomerang.”
- But, in the meantime, the one who had thrown the ‘boomerang’ was after me with raised spear.
- It executed a boomerang trajectory, lit again on the same spot, and began rubbing its legs as before.
- And then drop about five hundred to a thousand boomerang balls, at regular intervals, over the whole paratemporal area.
- They are immortal, too, and live in files for centuries and are liable to strike back at any moment like a boomerang.