[ gon-zoh ]
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  1. (of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like.

  1. eccentricity, weirdness, or craziness.

Origin of gonzo

An Americanism first recorded in 1970–75; apparently from the phrase Gonzo journalism used by U.S. journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1939–2005); perhaps from Italian: “simpleton, one easily duped” (of uncertain origin) or from Spanish ganso “a lazy or dull person,” literally, “goose” (from Germanic; see goose)

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British Dictionary definitions for gonzo


/ (ˈɡɒnzəʊ) /

  1. wild or crazy

  2. (of journalism) explicitly including the writer's feelings at the time of witnessing the events or undergoing the experiences written about

nounplural gonzos
  1. a wild or crazy person

Origin of gonzo

C20: perhaps from Italian, literally: fool, or Spanish ganso idiot, bumpkin (literally: goose)

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