Origin of boom1
OTHER WORDS FROM boomboom·ing·ly, adverb
Words nearby boom
Other definitions for boom (2 of 2)
- an outrigger used on certain aircraft for connecting the tail surfaces to the fuselage.
- a maneuverable and retractable pipe on a tanker aircraft for refueling another aircraft in flight.
- chord1 (def. 4).
Origin of boom2
OTHER WORDS FROM boomboomless, adjective
MORE ABOUT BOOM
What does boom mean?
A boom is a deep, loud, resonant sound that echoes or travels rapidly, like the sound of thunder.
To boom is to create such a sound, as in The thunder boomed overhead, which scared our poor dog.
A boom is also a rapid increase in prices, development, numbers, and the like, as in Thanks to the new majors, the college is experiencing a boom in student enrollment. When an entire economy goes through a period of quick growth, that, too, is a boom.
To boom is also to grow rapidly, as a business or economy might, as in Houses are selling so fast that the housing market is booming.
Example: There was a loud boom from around the corner and then a few minutes later there were police cars coming from everywhere.
Where does boom come from?
The first records of the term boom come from the 1400s. It ultimately comes from the German bummen, which is meant to imitate the sound. In the early 1900s, boom began being used to describe a period of economic success and is often associated with the American phrase boom-and-bust cycle.
Most often, though, boom is used to define the sound made by a large, dull impact or a resonating sound from far away. Boom is an example of onomatopoeia, a word that imitates the sound it describes, as in The cars made a boom.
Because booms are often associated with a fast or brutal impact and because sound travels extremely fast from one place to another, boom has several uses related to speed, such as to boom from one side of the field to the other, or in the economic sense, as in business was booming.
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What are some other forms related to boom?
- boomer (noun)
- boomingly (adverb)
What are some synonyms for boom?
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How is boom used in real life?
Boom is a common word with several meanings.
For real though, what is going on with all the explosions we’ve been hearing here since last night? I’m in South Philly and heard a super loud boom about a half hour ago. It’s not fireworks, its not gunshots, it’s not exploding ATMs, it’s not LRADs, so what *is* it?
— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) June 3, 2020
how about we stop worshiping celebrities. boom. problem solved.
— B.o.B +1 404-236-6129 (@bobatl) April 26, 2018
it is sky boom season. so if anyone needs me. i’ll be hiding in the bathtub. with my stuffed fren sebastian
— Thoughts of Dog® (@dog_feelings) May 16, 2018
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Is boom used correctly in the following sentence?
Joe has such a big, booming voice that he doesn’t need a microphone to be heard in a big room.
How to use boom in a sentence
Ironically, the business of edtech and digital learning has been booming.Why hasn’t digital learning lived up to its promise?|Walter Thompson|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
These past months, as other industries struggle, Netflix has been booming.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
Esports, an already booming industry, have taken on an even greater significance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.FaZe Clan’s Lee Trink, Troy Carter and Nick ‘Nickmercs’ Kolcheff are coming to Disrupt 2020|Jordan Crook|September 11, 2020|TechCrunch
As one publishing executive put it, specialist titles don’t see the same boom and bust cycel as general news publishers.‘Too big to ignore’: Future estimates profits of nearly $110 million this year|Lucinda Southern|September 8, 2020|Digiday
So even though they lost cross-border traffic, they’re seeing booms in domestic travel.Airbnb CEO: The pandemic will force us to see more of the world, not less|Verne Kopytoff|September 7, 2020|Fortune
Turkey has had more than a decade of economic boom, and is now the sixth-most-visited tourist destination in the world.
“I was watching ‘Daniel The Tiger’ with my kid and I heard two shots like ‘boom-boom,’” he said.
But the dress was its own unapologetic sonic boom—and was immediately much-copied.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress|Tim Teeman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Christie has a lot riding on fulfilling his promise of shepherding Atlantic City into a third boom era.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The current energy and industrial boom, according to Siemens President Joe Kaeser, “is a once-in-a-lifetime moment.”
There was a distant, dull boom in the air—a repeated heavy thud.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
“Boom” refers, of course, to the large amount of support which Cleveland obtained on his second election to the Presidency.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
A church clock struck the hour of seven, its clangor intruding upon the silence only as a muffled boom.Dope|Sax Rohmer
It is a generally accepted axiom that a public man cannot afford to be modest in these go-ahead days of "boom."The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
And as I watched the canvas shake and heard it boom and flap I heartily welcomed it.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for boom (1 of 2)
Word Origin for boom
British Dictionary definitions for boom (2 of 2)
- a barrier across a waterway, usually consisting of a chain of connected floating logs, to confine free-floating logs, protect a harbour from attack, etc
- the area so barred off
Word Origin for boom
Other Idioms and Phrases with boom
see lower the boom.