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[buh-zoo-kuh] /bəˈzu kə/
noun, Military.
a tube-shaped, portable rocket launcher that fires a rocket capable of penetrating several inches of armor plate, as of a tank or other armored military vehicle.
Origin of bazooka
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35; from its resemblance to a musical instrument so named, invented and played by comedian Bob Burns in the 1930s and 1940s Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bazooka
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  • Ned closed his hand on the tube of the bazooka and it was so much old drainpipe.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • It was the eighth missile from the bazooka which ended the battle.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • "bazooka shells ought to discourage anything," Davis said in an icy voice.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The cab started with a cough and a roar, and shot out of the terminal like a bazooka shell.

    Charley de Milo Laurence Mark Janifer AKA Larry M. Harris
British Dictionary definitions for bazooka


a portable tubular rocket-launcher that fires a projectile capable of piercing armour: used by infantrymen as a short-range antitank weapon
Word Origin
C20: named after a pipe instrument invented by Bob Burns (1896–1956), American comedian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bazooka

"metal tube rocket launcher," 1942, from name of a junkyard musical instrument used (c.1935) as a prop by U.S. comedian Bob Burns (1896-1956); extension of bazoo, slang for "mouth" or "boastful talk" (1877), probably from Dutch bazuin "trumpet."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bazooka

bazooka 2


A marijuana cigarette impregnated with bazuco, a cheap cocaine paste

[1980s+ Narcotics; fr Sp bazuco, ''bazooka'']

bazooka 1


  1. A small antitank rocket launcher (WWII Army)
  2. A very successful enterprise; blockbuster: its big bazooka, Home Improvement

[1990s+; first sense fr its resemblance to a tubular musical instrument played by the 1940s comedian Bob Burns, who invented and named it in 1905]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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