bozo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Several theories exist[1]:

  1. Maybe from Spanish bozal, a term used in slave trade and meaning "one who speaks Spanish poorly", which originates back to circa 1910.
  2. First used in American English as a vocative, from Spanish vosotros (you, informal) m pl.
  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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bozo (plural bozos)

  1. (slang) A stupid, foolish, or ridiculous person, especially a man.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ bozo” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bozo m (plural bozos)

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

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