Hizzoner

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Proper noun[edit]

Hizzoner

  1. (slang, US) Eye dialect spelling of His Honor, the mayor, especially of a large city.
    • 1930, John Bright, Hizzoner Big Bill Thompson: An Idyll of Chicago, [book title].
    • 1991, Max M. Kampelman, Entering New Worlds: The Memoirs of a Private Man in Public Life, page 56:
      Minnesota: Meet Hizzoner the Mayor... Canon... would go through an elaborate bowing-and-scraping routine as he addressed Hizzoner the Mayor.
    • 2002, James Gill, For James and Gillian: Jim Gill's New York, page 121:
      In 1989, they wrote a book, entitled His Eminence and Hizzoner, in which they set forth their differences in amicable fashion.

Usage notes[edit]

Cities in which the mayor is often called "Hizzoner" include Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, and New York City. The term can, but not always, connote a sense of "hardball" common to American urban politics.