- a bent or curved piece of tough wood used by the Australian Aborigines as a throwing club, one form of which can be thrown so as to return to the thrower.
- something, as a scheme or argument, that does injury to the originator.
- a mobile platform, adjustable to different levels, for painting scenery.
- a batten, usually suspended vertically in the wings, for holding lighting units.
- to come back or return, as a boomerang.
- to cause harm to the originator; backfire.
Origin of boomerang
1820–30; < Dharuk būmariny
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But then it occurred to me that there was a way of using the weapon which threatened, as a boomerang.
But the boomerang had come to my hand, and I'd caught it on the fly.
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Pat Valdo hurries off to prepare for his boomerang throwing.Pipefuls
Bewildered, she tried to retaliate with the boomerang of vituperation.Gigolo
- a curved flat wooden missile of native Australians, which can be made to return to the thrower
- an action or statement that recoils on its originator
- (intr) to recoil or return unexpectedly, causing harm to its originator; backfire
C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for boomerang
1827, adapted from an extinct Aboriginal languages of New South Wales, Australia. Another variant, perhaps, was wo-mur-rang (1798).
1880, from boomerang (n.).
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