Other Word Forms of Gonzo
Origin of 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.
Perhaps Italian simpleton (perhaps short for Borgonzone , Burgundian) or Spanish ganso dullard, goose (of Germanic origin ghans- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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