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[bim-boh] /ˈbɪm boʊ/
noun, plural bimbos, bimboes. Slang.
a foolish, stupid, or inept person.
a man or fellow, often a disreputable or contemptible one.
an attractive but stupid young woman, especially one with loose morals.
Origin of bimbo
1915-20, Americanism; perhaps < Italian bimbo baby Unabridged
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  • There was another piece of information which bimbo gave us, more pleasing than any thing which he had said.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures William H. Thomes
  • Eddie Carter interfered with the first man, bimbo Gaines with the second.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • One day they were in earnest conversation, Jack relating his wrongs; while bimbo, seated on his bough, listened in silence.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
  • Lefty with the ball, and bimbo Gaines leading him, his big body a shield.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • For all the property bimbo owned was the earth in a little gully, which he himself was reclaiming.

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for bimbo


noun (pl) -bos, -boes
an attractive but empty-headed young woman
a person, esp a foolish one
Word Origin
C20: from Italian: little child, perhaps via Polari
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bimbo

1919, "fellow, chap," from variant of Italian bambino "baby;" first attested in Italian-accented theater dialogue. Originally especially "stupid, inconsequential man, contemptible person;" by 1920 the sense of "floozie" had developed (popularized by "Variety" staffer Jack Conway, d.1928). Resurrection during 1980s U.S. political sex scandals led to derivatives including diminutive bimbette (1990) and male form himbo (1988).

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



  1. A man, esp a mean and menacing one; baby, bozo: The bimbos once helped pluck a bank/ one of them bimbos which hurls a mean hammer (1920+)
  2. An insignificant person; nebbish: Nobody listened to the poor bimbo (1920+)
  3. A woman, esp a young woman of hedonistic aspect: What kind of a bimbo did he think I am?/ a bimbo with legs that go all the way up (mid-1920s+)
  4. A prostitute; hooker: Some escort services are just fronts for prostitution that men call up and the service just sends out some bimbo in blue jeans from Brooklyn (1920s+)

[fr Italian, ''baby, bambino''; see babe]

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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