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[goh-boh] /ˈgoʊ boʊ/
noun, plural gobos, goboes. Movies, Television.
a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
a screen or sheet of sound-absorbent material for shielding a microphone from sounds coming from a particular direction.
Origin of gobo
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He certainly was a fool, but he must not be allowed to continue in his folly; and he, gobo, had determined to put a stop to it.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Then gobo, feeling that the situation was getting strained, gave in.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Ever since I had prepared with all due solemnity to execute the rebellious gobo they had conceived a great respect for me.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • But the third, it was my friend gobo, could not by any means get away.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • "I crave a thousand pardons, good Queen," begged gobo, spreading out his arms in submission.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
  • However, I wriggled along somehow, and if it had not been for gobo and his friend no doubt everything would have gone well.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Accordingly we started in a crouching attitude, I first, gobo holding on to my coat tails, and the other boy on to gobo's moocha.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • At any rate she reached the foot of the peak second, poor gobo, who was an excellent hand at running away, being first.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • About four o'clock, however, gobo woke me up, and told me that the head man of one of Wambe's kraals had arrived to see me.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • gobo, poor fellow, required no second invitation; indeed, his haste was his undoing.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for gobo


noun (pl) -bos, -boes
a shield placed around a microphone to exclude unwanted sounds
a black screen placed around a camera lens, television lens, etc, to reduce the incident light
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gobo

1930, American English, Hollywood movie set slang, of unknown origin, perhaps somehow from go-between.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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