bozo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  1. Originating c. 1910. Maybe from Spanish bozal, a term used in slave trade and meaning "one who speaks Spanish poorly."
  2. First used in USA English as a vocative, from Spanish vosotros = "you": compare buster#Etymology.
  3. After Bozo the Clown, a clown character very popular in the USA in the 1950s
  4. After Anselm of Canterbury's usage of the early continental European Germanic-origin personal name Boso.

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Noun[edit]

bozo (plural bozos)

  1. (slang) A stupid or foolish person.

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References[edit]

Online Etymology Dictionary entry on "bozo"