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[ram-boh] /ˈræm boʊ/
noun, plural Rambos.
a fanatically militant or violently aggressive person.
Origin of Rambo
after John Rambo, a Vietnam veteran in the motion picture First Blood (1982) and its sequels Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Of less marketable varieties, Rawle's Janet and Rambo seem to keep best.

    The Apple Various
  • A most acceptable substitute for Rambo, as an amateur's fruit.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • The Rambo is one of the most popular autumn or early winter fruits.

    The Apple Various
  • This apple is extensively planted on the Hudson, and bears a very close resemblance to the Rambo, which is not so highly colored.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • When they reached the Rambo farm-house, it was necessary that he should give his hand to help her down from the clumsy carriage.

  • Once again, the day before she left the Rambo farmhouse to return to the city, she came upon him, alone.

  • Fruit small, color of Rambo perhaps a trifle more red, oblong; Flesh remarkably tender, juicy and pleasant; First rate.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
Word Origin and History for Rambo

used allusively from 1985, in reference to John Rambo, hero of David Morrell's novel "First Blood" (1972), popularized as portrayed by Sylvester Stallone in Hollywood movie version (1982), a U.S. Vietnam veteran, "macho and self-sufficient, and bent on violent retribution" [OED]. The family name is an old one in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, originally Swedish, sometimes said to represent Swedish place name Ramberget, or to be from French Huguenots who took refuge in Sweden.

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



Violent; loutishly aggressive: Each day Bush ratchets up the Rambo rhetoric and closes more alleys of diplomatic escape for Saddam Hussein

[1985+; fr the main character of the movie Rambo]

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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