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a person or thing that booms.
a person who settles in areas or towns that are booming.
Informal. baby boomer.
Informal. a wandering or migratory worker; hobo.
a period of sudden and decisive economic growth:
July was a boomer for the retail trade.
Informal. a person, fad, etc., that enjoys a brief popularity or financial success:
A new group of boomers made this season’s hit record.
an enthusiastic supporter; booster:
The boomers tell us our town can double its size.
Australian. a fully grown male kangaroo, especially a large one.
to make a deep, prolonged, resonant sound.
to move with a resounding rush or great impetus.
to progress, grow, or flourish vigorously, as a business or a city:
Her business is booming since she enlarged the store.
to give forth with a booming sound (often followed by out):
The clock boomed out nine.
to boost; campaign for vigorously:
His followers are booming George for mayor.
a deep, prolonged, resonant sound.
the resonant cry of a bird or animal.
a buzzing, humming, or droning, as of a bee or beetle.
a rapid increase in price, development, numbers, etc.:
a boom in housing construction.
a period of rapid economic growth, prosperity, high wages and prices, and relatively full employment.
a rise in popularity, as of a political candidate.
caused by or characteristic of a boom:
boom prices.
Contemporary Examples

Hillary 2016 Brings Back Boomer Clinton Rage Michael Tomasky August 13, 2013
Hillary 2016 Brings Back Boomer Clinton Rage Michael Tomasky August 13, 2013
And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars Scott Bixby March 23, 2014
How McCain Made Grandpa Look Bad Adam Hanft October 28, 2008
It Can Happen Here: Europe’s Screwed Generation and America’s Joel Kotkin June 3, 2012

Historical Examples

The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill

(Austral) a large male kangaroo
(Austral & NZ, informal) anything exceptionally large
to make a deep prolonged resonant sound, as of thunder or artillery fire
to prosper or cause to prosper vigorously and rapidly: business boomed
a deep prolonged resonant sound: the boom of the sea
the cry of certain animals, esp the bittern
a period of high economic growth characterized by rising wages, profits, and prices, full employment, and high levels of investment, trade, and other economic activity Compare depression (sense 5)
any similar period of high activity
the activity itself: a baby boom
(nautical) a spar to which a sail is fastened to control its position relative to the wind
a beam or spar pivoting at the foot of the mast of a derrick, controlling the distance from the mast at which a load is lifted or lowered
a pole, usually extensible, carrying an overhead microphone and projected over a film or television set

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


A migratory worker (1890s+ Hoboes)
A railroad or construction worker, logger, etc, who continually shifts from one place of work to another (1890s+ Hoboes)
A womanizer; ladies’ man (1930s+)
An enthusiastic advocate of land development: What consumes the attention of most Idahoans is the battle between the boomers (developers) and the greenies (environmentalists) (1880s+)
A member of the post-WWII baby boom; baby boomer: Two quirky tales of adolescence, rooted in boomer history and sanitized for the boomer market (1980s+)

To flourish; show vigor: Business is booming! (1860s+)
To promote aggressively: There he goes booming that brand of soap (1890s+)
(also boom along) To sail fast, under full canvas (1600s+ Nautical)

see: lower the boom


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