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noun, plural Ram·bos.
  1. a fanatically militant or violently aggressive person.
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Origin of Rambo

after John Rambo, a Vietnam veteran in the motion picture First Blood (1982) and its sequels
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  • Of less marketable varieties, Rawle's Janet and Rambo seem to keep best.

    The Apple


  • A most acceptable substitute for Rambo, as an amateur's fruit.

    American Pomology

    J. A. Warder

  • The Rambo is one of the most popular autumn or early winter fruits.

    The Apple


  • This apple is extensively planted on the Hudson, and bears a very close resemblance to the Rambo, which is not so highly colored.

    British Pomology

    Robert Hogg

  • When they reached the Rambo farm-house, it was necessary that he should give his hand to help her down from the clumsy carriage.

Word Origin and History for rambo


used allusively from 1985, in reference to John Rambo, hero of David Morrell's novel "First Blood" (1972), popularized as portrayed by Sylvester Stallone in Hollywood movie version (1982), a U.S. Vietnam veteran, "macho and self-sufficient, and bent on violent retribution" [OED]. The family name is an old one in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, originally Swedish, sometimes said to represent Swedish place name Ramberget, or to be from French Huguenots who took refuge in Sweden.

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