Definition of boomer in English:



  • 1Something large or notable of its kind, in particular.

    • ‘It's been a boomer of a season… it's been nice and warm.’
    • ‘The Oz season is off to a boomer start in the lead up the Oz open and the Worlds.’
    • ‘However, he will give us his assurance tonight that he will never grow it, even if it is a boomer crop for New Zealand and provides many, many benefits.’
    1. 1.1Australian A large male kangaroo.
      • ‘There's not much in the Australian outback that can give a fully grown 'boomer' a hard time.’
      • ‘No, male kangaroos (boomers) don't have pouches. Only females do.’
      • ‘I didn't see the old boomer 'roo who startled me (as I startled him) on Bare Bluff earlier this week at dawn.’
    2. 1.2A large wave.
      • ‘And despite the sea breach at Palling the Broadland boomers also survived.’
      wave, breaker, roller, comber, billow
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  • 2North American

    short for baby boomer
    • ‘Generation Xers are saving at a greater pace than boomers did when they were that age.’
    • ‘One obvious explanation is that boomers intend to live forever.’
    • ‘And if a lack of financial security wasn't enough to make us hesitant to marry, the boomers showed us just how badly traditional relationship models can go wrong.’
    • ‘Young parents in their twenties and thirties are ‘nostalgic for the childhood that boomers supposedly had,’ as American Demographics has put it.’
    • ‘So, I don't hate the Hippies or the boomers, much.’
    • ‘And, as the boomers age, you know, we feel that we're entitled to good health to the end of time and so I think we will be noisy enough.’
    • ‘Generation Y - for those mercifully not in the know - is the generation after the generation (Gen X) that came after the boomers.’
    • ‘This is basically boomer rock 'n' roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers.’
    • ‘I mean, as self-serious and righteous and vaguely uncool as they are, at least the boomers are obsessed with stuff like politics and the Beatles.’
    • ‘The boomers will require not only solutions for their serious health issues, but also some innovative gadgets to help them ease into old age.’
    • ‘The store plays a peculiar blend of 70s and 80s rock, massaging the memories of the latter-era boomers who populate my neighborhood.’
    • ‘These ambitious boomers, leading separate yet intertwined lives, still seem to love each other in a perplexingly modern marriage-in-progress.’
    • ‘All the boomers are just going to have to face that fact of life.’
    • ‘And yes, I know I'm older than most on this blog and yes, we boomers have loosened the bonds of marriage, defined our rights in terms of our desires.’
    • ‘Will marketers embrace aging boomers this year?’
    • ‘Currently, the median age for the boomers is around 50.’
    • ‘The boomers are so into family values right now because they have kids.’
    • ‘Punk and New Wave infuriated the boomers, because it was the first hint they were old.’
    • ‘The boomers can't put off for any longer the fact that - chronologically - they are approaching middle age.’
    • ‘Certainly, the boomers ' favourite activity is to SKI - Spend their Kids Inheritance - and that includes spending what they inherit from their own parents.’
  • 3US A nuclear submarine with ballistic missiles.


Early 19th century: probably from the verb boom + -er.