[ boh-zoh ]
/ ˈboʊ zoʊ /
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noun, plural bo·zos.Slang.
a fellow, especially a big, strong, stupid fellow.
a rude, obnoxious, or annoying person: Two or three bozos tried to cut in ahead of the rest of us in the supermarket line.
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Origin of bozo
An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; of uncertain origin
Words nearby bozo
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Example sentences from the Web for bozo
It sounds like Clownhouse, with unlimited fungible bozos on the menu.
The diving suit had shipped some water, and the Judge had gotten a nasty crack on the head—but he was a tough bozo.Stairway to the Stars|Larry Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for bozo
/ (ˈbəʊzəʊ) /
noun plural -zos
US slang a man, esp a stupid one
Word Origin for bozo
C20: of uncertain origin; perhaps based on beau
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