Boom Definition

bo͝om
boomed, booming, booms
verb
boomed, booming, booms
To move or position using a crane.
Boomed the cargo onto the ship.
American Heritage
To make a deep, hollow, resonant sound.
Webster's New World
To speak or indicate with such a sound.
The clock boomed out the hour.
Webster's New World
To go rapidly along; move with speed or vigor.
Webster's New World
To grow, develop, or progress rapidly; flourish.
Business is booming.
American Heritage
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noun
booms
A booming sound, as of thunder, heavy guns, etc.
Webster's New World
The resonant cry of certain animals, as the bullfrog.
Webster's New World
A sudden increase, as in popularity.
American Heritage
A spar extending from a mast to hold the bottom of a sail outstretched.
Webster's New World
A long beam extending as from an upright to lift or carry something and guide it as needed.
The boom of a derrick, a microphone boom.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Of, characteristic of, or resulting from a boom in business, etc.
Webster's New World
interjection

Used to suggest the sound of an explosion.

Wiktionary
pronoun

A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist Boudewijn Karel Boom (1903-1980).

Wiktionary
idiom
drop
  • To act suddenly and forcefully to repress a practice or reprimand an offender; crack down.
American Heritage
lower the boom
  • to act suddenly and forcefully in dealing out punishment or criticism, in defeating, etc.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Boom

Noun

Singular:
boom
Plural:
booms

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Boom

Origin of Boom

  • Onomatopoetic, perhaps borrowed; compare German bummen, Dutch bommen.

    From Wiktionary

  • Dutch tree, pole from Middle Dutch bheuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch boom (“tree, pole”). Compare English beam.

    From Wiktionary

  • Or uncertain origin; perhaps a development of Etymology 1, above.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bomben imitative of a loud noise

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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