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bimbo

[bim-boh]
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noun, plural bim·bos, bim·boes. Slang.
  1. a foolish, stupid, or inept person.
  2. a man or fellow, often a disreputable or contemptible one.
  3. an attractive but stupid young woman, especially one with loose morals.
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Origin of bimbo

1915–20, Americanism; perhaps < Italian bimbo baby
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  • "The bimbo will thank you for this to-morrow, as I do now," said she.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Lefty with the ball, and Bimbo Gaines leading him, his big body a shield.

    Gladiator

    Philip Wylie

  • Eddie Carter interfered with the first man, Bimbo Gaines with the second.

    Gladiator

    Philip Wylie

  • This offended her so much that Jack had to pull her down by her tail, to save Bimbo's life.

    Daisy

    Miranda Eliot Swan

  • This was very provoking to Jett, as cats do not like to be laughed at, and she resented it in Bimbo.

    Daisy

    Miranda Eliot Swan


British Dictionary definitions for bimbo

bimbo

noun plural -bos or -boes
  1. an attractive but empty-headed young woman
  2. a person, esp a foolish one
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Word Origin

C20: from Italian: little child, perhaps via Polari
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Word Origin and History for bimbo

n.

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).

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