Bozo meaning

bōzō
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(slang) A stupid or foolish person.
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A dunce; a fool.
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A fellow; guy.
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A jerk, fool, etc.
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A fellow; a guy.
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2
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A member of a West African ethnic group located predominantly along the Niger River in Mali, famous for their fishing.
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The Mande language of these people.
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Origin of bozo

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originating c. 1910. Maybe from Spanish bozal, a term used in slave trade and meaning "one who speaks Spanish poorly."

    From Wiktionary

  • First used in USA English as a vocative, from Spanish vosotros = "you": compare buster#Etymology.

    From Wiktionary

  • After Anselm of Canterbury's usage of the early continental European Germanic-origin personal name Boso.

    From Wiktionary

  • After Bozo the Clown, a clown character very popular in the USA in the 1950s

    From Wiktionary

  • Thought to derive from the Bambara language, meaning "bamboo house".

    From Wiktionary