- highly effective or successful: He gave a boffo performance as Cyrano.
Also boff·o·la [bo-foh-luh] /bɒˈfoʊ lə/.
Origin of boffo
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Examples from the Web for boffo
He seemed to think that after that boffo first debate, he could just tread water.What Might Mitt Have Done?
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Clinton ensured that reviews of a boffo speech would morph into reviews of an endless speech.Bill Clinton Brings a Passion Infusion to the DNC
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- slang very good; highly successful
- a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for boffo
strikingly successful, by 1961, show biz slang, probably echoic of a "hit."
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