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gonzo

[ gon-zoh ]
/ ˈgɒn zoʊ /
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Definition of gonzo

adjective
(of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like.
noun
eccentricity, weirdness, or craziness.
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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

gonzo
/ (ˈɡɒnzəʊ) /

adjective slang
wild or crazy
(of journalism) explicitly including the writer's feelings at the time of witnessing the events or undergoing the experiences written about
noun plural gonzos
a wild or crazy person

Word Origin for gonzo

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