Definition of boomerang in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͞oməˌraNG/


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A curved flat piece of wood that can be thrown so as to return to the thrower, traditionally used by Australian Aborigines as a hunting weapon.
Example sentences
  • Well, although we associate the boomerang with Australian Aborigines, many cultures used boomerang-like equipment in prehistoric times.
  • He says he found an ancient carving of a ‘quadrang’ style boomerang etched into a rock in Ilkley Moor depicting a boomerang as a weapon.
  • He favours an Aboriginal ceremony, with a flaming boomerang curving majestically into the waiting cauldron as the highlight.


[no object]
(Of a plan or action) return to the originator, often with negative consequences: misleading consumers about quality will eventually boomerang on a carmaker
More example sentences
  • Through this book, I have tried to say that American policies have boomeranged everywhere.
  • Development here has often been based on strategies that have boomeranged.
  • A veil should be drawn over his attempted clearance that boomeranged for a Rangers corner.
backfire, recoil, reverse, rebound, ricochet;
be self-defeating


Early 19th century: from Dharuk.

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Syllabification: boo·mer·ang

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