noun, plural bof·fos.


highly effective or successful: He gave a boffo performance as Cyrano.

Also boff·o·la [bo-foh-luh] /bɒˈfoʊ lə/.

Origin of boffo

perhaps alteration of buffo or bouffe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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slang very good; highly successful


a person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field

Word Origin for boffo

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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