See also: Zoomer


Etymology 1[edit]

zoom +‎ -er

The sense of "active baby boomer" is influenced by the word boomer, and is attributed to Moses Znaimer.[1]


zoomer (plural zoomers)

  1. That which zooms.
    • 2011, Gavin Lyall, Uncle Target
      The car zoomed – the driver was definitely a zoomer – away to some unknown car pool []
  2. A kind of small swim fin.
  3. A baby boomer with a very active lifestyle.
    • 2010, Cheryl Cran, 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work, →ISBN, page 15:
      A recent study released by the Conference Board of Canada states that the Zoomers (Baby Boomers who refuse to age), Gen X and Gen Y have more in common than we might think.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Portmanteau from Generation Z and boomer (baby boomer, a person born between 1945 and early 1960s). Merriam Webster identified the earliest use as being made on 16 March 2016. Urban Dictionary view statistics suggest that it began gaining traction in mid-2018 before peaking in January 2020.


zoomer (plural zoomers)

  1. A member of Generation Z. [from late 2010s]
    Synonyms: Gen Z, Gen-Zer
    Coordinate term: millennial
    • 2019 December 27, Anya Strzemien, “13 Ways to Be a Better Person in 2020”, in New York Times[1]:
      Hug a Boomer/Xer/Millennial/Zoomer In case you missed it: Gen Z is mad at boomers for the state of the world; boomers are mad at Gen Z for being so dismissive; Gen X feels forgotten and yet resents even themselves; []
Alternative forms[edit]
See also[edit]
Timeline of generations
Generation AlphazoomerGeneration ZmillennialGeneration YMTV generationGeneration Xbaby boomerSilent Generation

Further reading[edit]

  • “Words We're Watching: 'Zoomer'”, in Merriam-Webster[2], 2020-01-13


  1. ^ Cheryl Cran (2010) 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work, →ISBN, page 11: “The term “Zoomer” was coined by Canadian Moses Znaimer [] , well known for his contrarian views on aging and modern Baby Boomers.”



From zoom.


  • IPA(key): /zu.me/
  • (file)



  1. (cinematography, photography) to zoom, to zoom in
    Antonym: dézoomer


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]



  1. present of zoome