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[boh-zoh] /ˈboʊ zoʊ/
noun, plural bozos. Slang.
a fellow, especially a big, strong, stupid fellow.
a rude, obnoxious, or annoying person:
Two or three bozos tried to cut in ahead of the rest of us in the supermarket line.
Origin of bozo
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bozo


noun (pl) -zos
(US, slang) a man, esp a stupid one
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin; perhaps based on beau
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Word Origin and History for bozo

"muscular low-I.Q. male," c.1910, perhaps from Spanish bozal, used in the slave trade and also to mean "one who speaks Spanish poorly." Bozo the clown was created 1940 at Capitol Records as the voice in a series of story-telling records for children ["Wall Street Journal," Oct. 31, 1983].

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Slang definitions & phrases for bozo



A fellow; a man, esp a muscular type with a meager brain: This bozo right here next to me

[Rep. Thomas P. O'Neill incognito] could probably be a better Congressman than those guys in Congress [1910+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Spanish bozal, used in the slave trade and after to designate someone who speaks Spanish badly, hence a stupid person]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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