noun, plural bof·fos.


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

Nearby words

  1. boethius,
  2. boetius,
  3. boeuf bourguignon,
  4. boff,
  5. boffin,
  6. boffola,
  7. bofors gun,
  8. bog,
  9. bog asphodel,
  10. bog cotton

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

British Dictionary definitions for boffola



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 boffola



strikingly successful, by 1961, show biz slang, probably echoic of a "hit."

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