Australian Slang
1. something large;
2. large wave;
3. something successful - generally applied to something that can be quantified, as crops, spectator attendance, etc. (recorded in US slang from the late 19th C. - see: 'Bumper');
4. large, mature, particularly male kangaroo (originally a Tasmanian word, dating back to the 1830s; from the same source as the other senses, but influenced by the booming sound of the kangaroo's hop);
5. exclamation of joy (presumably the agent noun of 'boom' to make a loud, deep noise, also, the resonant mating cry of the bittern ('boomer' is an Australian term for the the brown bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus) - the semantic connection being that larger things tend to make booming sounds as opposed to smaller things; the word is found in British dialect (Warwickshire), and although not dated, probably pre-dates the Australian usage; indetical in meaning and of a similar semantic origin is bumper; there's also a similar notion with 'thundering' adj - whopper, whopping and whacking)
6. a particularly large male kangaroo.

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