bozo

From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Bozo

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since the 1910s in American English, of uncertain origin.[1][2] The term may derive from Spanish bozal, a term originally for a recently-imported slave and then "someone who speaks (Spanish) poorly".[3] The term is older than Bozo the Clown, introduced in 1946.[3] Derivation of the term from French bouseux /bu.zø/, a derogative term for a farmer equivalent to "bumpkin", is phonologically unlikely. Another possibility is Japanese 坊主 (bōzu) in its meaning of "young man", which can be derogatory, depending on the context.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbəʊ.zəʊ/
    • (file)
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊzəʊ

Noun[edit]

bozo (plural bozos)

  1. (slang) A stupid, foolish, or ridiculous person, especially a man. [from 1910s]

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ bozo”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. ^ bozo”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “bozo”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Anagrams[edit]

Galician[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin *buccĕus (relating or belonging to the mouth).[1] See bucca for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈboθo̝/, (western) /ˈboso̝/

Noun[edit]

bozo m (plural bozos)

  1. muzzle
    Synonyms: boceira, embozo, vetillo
  2. pout
  3. fish mouth
  4. upper lip fluff

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joan Coromines; José A. Pascual (1983–1991), “bozo”, in Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico (in Spanish), Madrid: Gredos

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Medieval Latin *buccĕus (relating or belonging to the mouth). See bucca for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /ˈboθo/ [ˈbo.θo]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /ˈboso/ [ˈbo.so]
  • (Spain) Rhymes: -oθo
  • (Latin America) Rhymes: -oso
  • Syllabification: bo‧zo

Noun[edit]

bozo m (plural bozos)

  1. down, peach fuzz (soft hair on the upper lip)
  2. muzzle, mouth (exterior part of the mouth)
  3. halter (for leading horses)

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Yami[edit]

Noun[edit]

bozo

  1. ball