See also: Bozo
Several theories exist:
- Maybe from Spanish bozal, a term used in the slave trade and meaning "one who speaks Spanish poorly", which originates back to circa 1910.
- First used in American English as a vocative, from Spanish vosotros (“you”, informal) m pl.
- 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.
- Maybe from French bouseux (boo-zeu), a derogative term for a farmer, equivalent to bumpkin.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbəʊzəʊ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈboʊzoʊ/
Audio (AU) (file)
- Rhymes: -əʊzəʊ
bozo (plural bozos)
- See also Thesaurus:fool
(slang) A stupid or foolish person
bozo m (plural bozos)