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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bazooka

Contemporary Examples of bazooka

Historical Examples of bazooka

  • 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 for bazooka

C20: named after a pipe instrument invented by Bob Burns (1896–1956), American comedian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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