bimbo

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See also: bimbó, Bimbo, and BIMBO

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian bimbo (a child, a male baby), variant of bambino (child). Originated in Italian American theater, attested 1919, as “stupid, inconsequential man”, by 1920 developed sense of “floozie, attractive and stupid woman”.[1] Popularized in 1920s by Jack Conway of entertainment magazine Variety, who also popularized baloney (nonsense) and palooka (large stupid man). Revived in popularity in 1980s US political sex scandals.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bimbo (plural bimbos or bimboes)

  1. (derogatory, slang) A physically attractive woman who lacks intelligence.
    Synonyms: airhead, bimbette, dumb blonde, floozie
    • [1972, Bernardo Bertolucci; Franco Arcalli, Last Tango in Paris, spoken by Paul (Marlon Brando):
      Anyway, to make a long, dull story even duller, I come from a time when a guy like me used to come into a joint like this and pick up a young chick like you and… call her a ‘bimbo’.]
    • a. 1992, P. J. O’Rourke, a sketch
      A bimbo is a woman who is not pretty enough to be a model, not smart enough to be an actress, and not nice enough to be a poisonous snake.
    • 2004 May 3, Anthony Lane, “Looney Tunes”, in The New Yorker[1]:
      [Tina] Fey [] makes hay with the thought processes of a purebred bimbo: []
  2. (derogatory, slang) A stupid or foolish person.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter III:
      And one had to remember that most of the bimbos to whom Roberta Wickham had been giving the bird through the years had been of the huntin', shootin' and fishin' type, fellows who had more or less shot their bolt after saying 'Eh, what?' and slapping their leg with a hunting crop.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIII:
      Isn't he the bimbo who took the bread out of the mouths of the Thursday Review people? Chuck the blighter out of the window and we want to see him bounce.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “bimbo”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English bimbo, from Italian bimbo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪm.boː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bim‧bo

Noun[edit]

bimbo f (plural bimbo's, diminutive bimbootje n)

  1. (derogatory) bimbo (unintelligent floozie)

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbimbo/, [ˈbimbo̞]
  • Rhymes: -imbo
  • Syllabification: bim‧bo

Noun[edit]

bimbo

  1. (colloquial, derogatory) bimbo (moron)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of bimbo (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative bimbo bimbot
genitive bimbon bimbojen
partitive bimboa bimboja
illative bimboon bimboihin
singular plural
nominative bimbo bimbot
accusative nom. bimbo bimbot
gen. bimbon
genitive bimbon bimbojen
partitive bimboa bimboja
inessive bimbossa bimboissa
elative bimbosta bimboista
illative bimboon bimboihin
adessive bimbolla bimboilla
ablative bimbolta bimboilta
allative bimbolle bimboille
essive bimbona bimboina
translative bimboksi bimboiksi
instructive bimboin
abessive bimbotta bimboitta
comitative bimboineen
Possessive forms of bimbo (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person bimboni bimbomme
2nd person bimbosi bimbonne
3rd person bimbonsa

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of bambino (child).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbim.bo/
  • Rhymes: -imbo
  • Hyphenation: bìm‧bo

Noun[edit]

bimbo m (plural bimbi, feminine bimba)

  1. child, baby (male)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: bimbo

Anagrams[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English bimbo, from Italian.

Noun[edit]

bimbo m (definite singular bimboen, indefinite plural bimboer, definite plural bimboene)

  1. (derogatory) bimbo

References[edit]


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English bimbo, from Italian.

Noun[edit]

bimbo m (definite singular bimboen, indefinite plural bimboar, definite plural bimboane)

  1. (derogatory) bimbo

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Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbim.bɔ/
  • Rhymes: -imbɔ
  • Syllabification: bim‧bo

Noun[edit]

bimbo

  1. (Poznań) vocative singular of bimba

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

bimbo

  1. First-person singular (eu) present indicative of bimbar

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bimbo c

  1. (derogatory) bimbo (attracting and stupid young woman)