Definition of boomerang noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbuːməræŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbuːməræŋ//
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a curved flat piece of wood that you throw and that can fly in a circle and come back to you. Boomerangs were first used by Australian Aborigines as weapons when they were hunting. (figurative) The plan had a boomerang effect (= caused unexpected harm to the person responsible for it). Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Dharuk.
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