bona roba

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Italian, literally "good stuff".

Noun[edit]

bona roba (plural bona robas)

  1. (obsolete) A showy wanton; a courtesan.
    "And is Jane Nightwork alive?...By the mass, I could anger her to th' heart. She was a bona-roba. Doth she hold her own well?" Shakespeare, Henry IV, part 2

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.