Definition of boomerang in English:



  • A curved flat piece of wood that can be thrown so that it will return to the thrower, traditionally used by Australian Aborigines as a hunting weapon.

    • ‘As soon as I spoke he raised the boomerang to throw it.’
    • ‘They change color like the chameleon, and they return like a boomerang.’
    • ‘His weapons are small boomerangs about eighteen inches long and a very sharp, six-foot long spear.’
    • ‘She pulled out her huge boomerang and threw it hard at Scy.’
    • ‘From where she is standing, Reika unlatches her boomerang and throws it in Gishdorn's direction.’
    • ‘Others of his favorite shapes look like Australian boomerangs.’
    • ‘He favours an Aboriginal ceremony, with a flaming boomerang curving majestically into the waiting cauldron as the highlight.’
    • ‘For your information, my weapon was a boomerang with a razor sharp blade.’
    • ‘Uma pounces on a soldier while throwing his boomerangs.’
    • ‘Using the boomerang as a weapon, men were able to cause the flying foxes to fall to earth.’
    • ‘Of course, his most effective weapons are his boomerangs, which he can use to take out distant enemies, break items, or glide from heights.’
    • ‘She threw one of the boomerangs at Al who was standing with his hand out.’
    • ‘One warrior stood with shield and boomerang in hand, making no attempt to throw the boomerang.’
    • ‘She threw the boomerang, and it spun through the air toward him, straight toward his armored chest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I myself slouch in my chair so badly that my spine is curved like a boomerang.’
    • ‘‘Anyway my weapon is a boomerang which doesn't look like much but it can surely do some damage with its extreme magic power’ said Sun.’
    • ‘I heard the rattle of weapons such as boomerangs and spears.’
    • ‘Don't try to catch razor-edged boomerangs thrown by feral children bare-handed.’


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  • (of a plan or action) recoil on the originator.

    ‘misleading consumers about quality will eventually boomerang on a car-maker’
    • ‘When discussing holidays, never be tempted to sound knowledgeable about a place you have not actually visited, because this will boomerang back on you.’
    • ‘The striking workers should believe their collective action might boomerang back at them.’
    • ‘A veil should be drawn over his attempted clearance that boomeranged for a Rangers corner.’
    • ‘However, because of their inefficiency, these restrictions are apt to boomerang against the industry in the long run.’
    • ‘If the Government's gamble fails, their talk of insurance and premiums will boomerang back at them.’
    • ‘The comment, however facetious, boomeranged against Sinclair.’
    • ‘Well, perhaps because people are wondering whether this investigation is going to boomerang on the Republican leadership.’
    • ‘Sooner or later it boomerangs and, like a bad joke, comes back to haunt and ridicule you.’
    • ‘Because if an atmosphere was created or allowed to persist that allowed one minority group to be targeted, it had the potential to boomerang on the others, as well.’
    • ‘Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang.’
    • ‘It is not unknown for government interventions to boomerang creating situations worse than the original problem.’
    • ‘It is bound to boomerang upon them at some point of time or the other.’
    • ‘We need to encourage those countries to think of nuclear weapons as dangerous junk that at best will boomerang and destroy all that they care about.’
    • ‘If a facility executive fails to get that buy-in, the new software can boomerang.’
    • ‘Very few would attempt to use the cursing stone rites now as a mistake in procedure is said to cause the intentions to boomerang.’
    • ‘The jealousy and bitterness that he has engendered will boomerang and take its toll from the one who caused this imbalance and disharmony.’
    • ‘Development here has often been based on strategies that have boomeranged.’
    • ‘For example, the time-honored admonition to make sure kids with colds or the flu rest in bed and get plenty of fluids could actually boomerang.’
    • ‘Through this book, I have tried to say that American policies have boomeranged everywhere.’
    • ‘What we repress, if it is repressed severely enough, can boomerang back on us.’
    backfire, recoil, reverse, rebound, come back, bounce back, spring back, return, ricochet
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Early 19th century: from Dharuk.