Definition of "boomerang" []

  • A flat, curved, usually wooden missile configured so that when hurled it returns to the thrower. (noun)
  • A statement or course of action that backfires. (noun)
  • To have the opposite effect from the one intended; backfire. (verb-intransitive)
  • A curved flat wooden missile of native Australians, which can be made to return to the thrower (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An action or statement that recoils on its originator (noun)
  • To recoil or return unexpectedly, causing harm to its originator; backfire (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "boomerang" in a sentence
  • "It's what I call the boomerang effect..., he declared."
  • "What comes around goes around and whoops that boomerang is headed right for you."
  • "“What do you call a boomerang that does not come back?”"