- a fellow; guy
- a jerk, fool, etc.
Origin of bozofrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nounpl. bo·zos Slang
- A fellow; a guy.
- A dunce; a fool.
Origin of bozoEarlier, a stupid, muscular fellow of unknown origin ( later influenced in meaning by the character of Bozo the Clown, introduced by Capitol Records in 1946 to market records for children )
- Originating c. 1910. Maybe from Spanish bozal, a term used in slave trade and meaning "one who speaks Spanish poorly."
- First used in USA English as a vocative, from Spanish vosotros = "you": compare buster#Etymology.
- After Bozo the Clown, a clown character very popular in the USA in the 1950s
- After Anselm of Canterbury's usage of the early continental European Germanic-origin personal name Boso.
(plural Bozos or Bozo)
Thought to derive from the Bambara language, meaning "bamboo house".