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Etymology 1[edit]

Coined in 1971 by Boston Globe editor Bill Cardoso. Of uncertain origin; OED proposes Italian gonzo "fool" and/or Spanish ganso "fool, goose"[1]. The etymology supplied by Cardoso himself (French gonzeaux) is spurious[2].


gonzo ‎(comparative more gonzo, superlative most gonzo)

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  1. (journalism) Using an unconventional, exaggerated and highly subjective style, often when the reporter takes part in the events of the story.
    • 1972, R. Pollack, Stop Presses, Chapter VI
      I ask Hunter to explain... Just what is Gonzo Journalism?.. ‘Gonzo all started with Bill Cardosa [sic],..after I wrote the Kentucky Derby piece for Scanlan's..the first time I realized you could write different. And..I got this note from Cardosa saying, ‘That was pure Gonzo journalism!’.. Some Boston word for weird, bizarre.’
Derived terms[edit]
  1. ^ gonzo, adj.” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, April 2013.
  2. ^ What is Gonzo? The Etymology of an Urban Legend, Martin Hirst, 2004.

Etymology 2[edit]


gonzo ‎(plural gonzos)

  1. A wild or crazy person



Borrowing from Spanish ganso.


gonzo m ‎(plural gonzi)

  1. simpleton, dolt
  2. dupe