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.

    • ‘She threw one of the boomerangs at Al who was standing with his hand out.’
    • ‘Uma pounces on a soldier while throwing his boomerangs.’
    • ‘She pulled out her huge boomerang and threw it hard at Scy.’
    • ‘Well, although we associate the boomerang with Australian Aborigines, many cultures used boomerang-like equipment in prehistoric times.’
    • ‘She threw the boomerang, and it spun through the air toward him, straight toward his armored chest.’
    • ‘He favours an Aboriginal ceremony, with a flaming boomerang curving majestically into the waiting cauldron as the highlight.’
    • ‘One warrior stood with shield and boomerang in hand, making no attempt to throw the boomerang.’
    • ‘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 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 heard the rattle of weapons such as boomerangs and spears.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Don't try to catch razor-edged boomerangs thrown by feral children bare-handed.’
    • ‘I myself slouch in my chair so badly that my spine is curved like a boomerang.’
    • ‘They change color like the chameleon, and they return like a boomerang.’
    • ‘For your information, my weapon was a boomerang with a razor sharp blade.’
    • ‘Of course, his most effective weapons are his boomerangs, which he can use to take out distant enemies, break items, or glide from heights.’
    • ‘As soon as I spoke he raised the boomerang to throw it.’
    • ‘Using the boomerang as a weapon, men were able to cause the flying foxes to fall to earth.’
    • ‘His weapons are small boomerangs about eighteen inches long and a very sharp, six-foot long spear.’


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

    ‘misleading consumers about quality will eventually boomerang on a car-maker’
    • ‘A veil should be drawn over his attempted clearance that boomeranged for a Rangers corner.’
    • ‘The striking workers should believe their collective action might boomerang back at them.’
    • ‘It is bound to boomerang upon them at some point of time or the other.’
    • ‘What we repress, if it is repressed severely enough, can boomerang back on us.’
    • ‘If the Government's gamble fails, their talk of insurance and premiums will boomerang back at them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Very few would attempt to use the cursing stone rites now as a mistake in procedure is said to cause the intentions to boomerang.’
    • ‘Sooner or later it boomerangs and, like a bad joke, comes back to haunt and ridicule you.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When discussing holidays, never be tempted to sound knowledgeable about a place you have not actually visited, because this will boomerang back on you.’
    • ‘However, because of their inefficiency, these restrictions are apt to boomerang against the industry in the long run.’
    • ‘Well, perhaps because people are wondering whether this investigation is going to boomerang on the Republican leadership.’
    • ‘If a facility executive fails to get that buy-in, the new software can boomerang.’
    • ‘Don't condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang.’
    • ‘Through this book, I have tried to say that American policies have boomeranged everywhere.’
    • ‘The comment, however facetious, boomeranged against Sinclair.’
    • ‘It is not unknown for government interventions to boomerang creating situations worse than the original problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    backfire, recoil, reverse, rebound, come back, bounce back, spring back, return, ricochet
    have an adverse effect, have unwelcome repercussions, be self-defeating, cause one to be hoist with one's own petard
    blow up in one's face
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Early 19th century: from Dharuk.