bo·​zo ˈbō-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce bozo (audio)
plural bozos
: a foolish or incompetent person

Examples of bozo in a Sentence

Some bozo forgot to shut the door.
Recent Examples on the Web But Robert — who was hospitalized by mob bozos at the end of season two — goes rogue during the raid on the Aryan compound and blows the whole place up. Noel Murray, Vulture, 2 June 2024 Even the conformist bozos in Hollywood have hinted at sympathy, with the film How to Blow Up a Pipeline, which takes after a book of the same name by Andreas Malm, a human ecologist at Lund University. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 That institution is Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the Rupert Murdoch–esque creator of the Waystar-Royco media empire, and the paterfamilias of a family of bozos and brats. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 26 May 2023 And even if Berhalter returns, does Zendejas want to play for the same bozo who benched a world-class talent in Reyna in favor of a glorified worker bee like Tim Weah? Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 Speaking of separations, though, shouts to Perry Greene, who emancipated himself from the clutches of his election-denying bozo of a wife, Marjorie Taylor Greene. Vulture, 30 Sep. 2022 The mayor thanked the bozo for his public testimony before pivoting to items on the council agenda. oregonlive, 19 Jan. 2022 The rest of the Pac-12 inherited the bozo and had to live with Scott’s tired act just like the rest of us. John Canzano, oregonlive, 21 Jan. 2021 Zimmer is an effete, hapless bozo, which lets Mr Carell put pathos and need front and centre. The Economist, 25 June 2020

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bozo was in 1916

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“Bozo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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