- bizarre, unrestrained, or extravagant: used esp. of a style of personal journalism
- crazy or foolish
Origin of gonzo; from It, blockhead ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Using an exaggerated, highly subjective style, as in journalism: “a hyperkinetic, gonzo version of Graham Greene” (New Yorker).
- Extreme, unconventional, or bizarre: gonzo artwork; a gonzo snowboarding style.
- Crazy, excited, or unrestrained: Fans went gonzo when the band came out.
Origin of gonzoPerhaps Italian, simpleton (perhaps short for Borgonzone, Burgundian) or Spanish ganso, dullard, goose (of Germanic origin; see ghans- in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more gonzo, superlative most gonzo)
Coined in 1971 by Boston Globe editor Bill Cardoso. Of uncertain origin; OED proposes Italian gonzo "fool" and/or Spanish ganso "fool, goose" . The etymology supplied by Cardoso himself (French gonzeaux) is spurious .
- A wild or crazy person