bo·​zo | \ ˈbō-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce bozo (audio) \
plural bozos

Definition of bozo

: a foolish or incompetent person

Examples of bozo in a Sentence

Some bozo forgot to shut the door.
Recent Examples on the Web The audience sat in near-total silence — beyond the occasional bozo yelling Vernon’s name — during it all, a rarity for a crowd of this size. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Eau Claire’s Bon Iver offers intimate folk and experimental rock at St. Paul hockey arena," 3 Oct. 2019 The bozos behind the Veterans Affairs waiting lists? Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Grim Lizzie," 27 June 2019 The red flag should be used for these bozos who proposed this. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Blaming mentally ill is national shame," 8 Aug. 2019 No matter what’s going on with you, there’s always some bozo. Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Can a Good Man Mistreat You During Sex—If That’s What You Desire?," 18 Mar. 2019 Should any of these bozos who have been fired still have their security clearances? Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Democrats call in serial 'cleaner' Bob Mueller," 18 Aug. 2018 The more likely reaction is to dismiss those who challenge their right to exist as uninformed bozos. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Many Republicans say Trump should have power to shut down media outlets," 9 Aug. 2018 The series abounds with pairs of hapless bozos whose comedic value is underlined by their alliterative names. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Macon Blair wrote and will direct the road movie that follows a pair of deeply unqualified bozos, played by Wilson and Ron Funches, who've been hired to transport a troubled teenage millionaire to rehab. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Luke Wilson Dark Comedy Picked Up by Slate Entertainment Group," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of bozo

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bozo

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19 Jan 2020

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“Bozo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bozo

informal : a stupid or foolish person

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