[ boh-zoh ]
/ ˈboʊ zoʊ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. bozcaada,
  2. bozeman,
  3. bozeman's position,
  4. bozeman-fritsch catheter,
  5. bozen,
  6. bozzaris,
  7. boîte,
  8. boîte de nuit,
  9. boötes,
  10. boğazköy

Origin of bozo

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Word Origin and History for bozo



"muscular low-I.Q. male," c.1910, perhaps from Spanish bozal, used in the slave trade and also to mean "one who speaks Spanish poorly." Bozo the clown was created 1940 at Capitol Records as the voice in a series of story-telling records for children ["Wall Street Journal," Oct. 31, 1983].

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