Bimbo

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See also: bimbo, BIMBO, and bimbó

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Probably of onomatopoeic origin, imitating an African language, and then unrelated with English bimbo. First attested 1896 in Detlev von Liliencron's epic Poggfred.[1]

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪmbo/
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Noun[edit]

Bimbo m (genitive Bimbos, plural Bimbos)

  1. (offensive, ethnic slur) nigger (dark-skinned person, especially from Africa)
    • 1896, Detlev von Liliencron, “Neunzehnter Kantus”, in Poggfred[1], Stuttgart; Berlin; Leipzig: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, published 1926:
      Um freie Bahn zu haben, muß ein Neger / Aus meiner Dienerschaft vorgaloppieren, / Bimbo auf meinem Schimmel Paukenschläger. / Der Mohr, der Gaul, den türkische Flitter zieren, / Sind jedem stets Bewunderungerreger, / Fahr ich mit all dem bunten Zeug spazieren.
      In order to clear the way, a negro / Of my domestics must gallop ahead, / A nigger on my white horse as a timpanist. / The blacky, the nag, adorned with Turkish tinsel, / Always arouse everyone’s admiration / When I go for a joyride with all that colourful junk.
  2. (informal, slightly vulgar, possibly offensive) servant; someone who does unpleasant works for another
    Räum das selber auf! Ich bin doch nicht dein Bimbo.
    Clean that up yourself! I’m not your servant.

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