Bluto

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English[edit]

Bluto (at left) in I'm in the Army Now (1936)

Etymology[edit]

Fictional character name for the antagonist of Popeye coined in 1932 by cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar.

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Bluto

  1. A man who is large and muscular in top-heavy proportions, often combined with a comically brutish and aggressive personality.
    • 1986, Lee K. Abbott, Strangers in paradise, page 38:
      He was built like Bluto. "Who the hell are you?" he said.
    • 2008, Bret Lott, Ancient Highway: A Novel, page 152:
      For whatever reason, it'd taken her a little while to get out of the cab when they first got here, and when Chuck introduced me — she stood a full foot shorter than him, a tiny woman next to this Bluto of a man, a knitted green afghan over her shoulders, a white blouse and blue jeans.
    • 2010, Susan Wilson, One Good Dog, page 21:
      His pit bull parts thinned out his back end but gave him a Bluto disproportion in his front end.
    • 2011, Shaun Attwood, Hard Time: Life with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in America's Toughest Jail, Chapter 25:
      It wasn't the black loudmouth I'd expected but a Bluto of a man almost filling the entire doorway.
    • 2015, Maryann Bouco, The Last Stand, Chapter 4:
      The customers sometimes called him Bluto. He earned the nickname by his tremendous build and great strength.

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