- (of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like.
- crazy; eccentric.
- eccentricity, weirdness, or craziness.
Origin of gonzo
Examples from the Web for gonzo
The season finale, which aired July 14, saw the gonzo story come to a close.‘24: Live Another Day’ Showrunners on the Finale, the Dangers of Drones, and Jack Bauer’s Future
July 15, 2014
The Gonzo Option Marin Cogan, National Journal Brian Schweitzer is a one-man challenge to the scripted nature of modern politics.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, June 21, 2014
June 21, 2014
Then he put his acting career on hold for two years to make a gonzo mockumentary with his brother-in-law, Joaquin Phoenix.Casey Affleck, Star of ‘Out of the Furnace,’ on His Hollywood Struggles
December 2, 2013
VHS and the revolutionary ability to fast forward to the scene you want to see birthed the gonzo shooting style.Video Killed the Porn Star: The VHS and Fast Forwarding Revolution
October 19, 2013
But precious little has been said about this reckless cadre of gonzo docu-journos.VICE Filmmaker Andy Capper on Snoop Lion Doc, Chief Keef Series, More
March 15, 2013
- wild or crazy
- (of journalism) explicitly including the writer's feelings at the time of witnessing the events or undergoing the experiences written about
- a wild or crazy person
Word Origin and History for gonzo
1971, American English, in Hunter S. Thompson's phrase gonzo journalism. Thompson in 1972 said he got it from editor Bill Cardosa and explained it as "some Boston word for weird, bizarre." Probably from Italian gonzo "rude, sottish," perhaps from Spanish ganso and ultimately from the Germanic word for "goose."