[ bim-boh ]
/ ˈbɪm boʊ /

noun, plural bim·bos, bim·boes. Slang.

a foolish, stupid, or inept person.
a man or fellow, often a disreputable or contemptible one.
an attractive but stupid young woman, especially one with loose morals.

Origin of bimbo

1915–20, Americanism; perhaps < Italian bimbo baby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bimbo


/ (ˈbɪmbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos or -boes

an attractive but empty-headed young woman
a person, esp a foolish one

Word Origin for bimbo

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



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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