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 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, "Canzano: Pac-12 presidents sound like they know what they’re doing when it comes to Larry Scott’s replacement," 21 Jan. 2021 Zimmer is an effete, hapless bozo, which lets Mr Carell put pathos and need front and centre. The Economist, "The usual suspects “Irresistible” goes where many films have gone before," 25 June 2020 Donald Trump shows up dozens of times, and he is portrayed not as a distractible bozo but as a concerted aspiring strongman. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Studying Fascist Propaganda by Day, Watching Trump’s Coronavirus Updates by Night," 17 Apr. 2020 This is a tiny example of the uncertainty sown by the bozos running the country and reporting the news. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Pulse of the Art World, Mid-Pandemic," 11 Apr. 2020 Unlike whatever’s going on between these two bozos. Washington Post, "The Bachelor sustains a head injury — and still makes out with everyone," 4 Feb. 2020 This isn’t time for blind optimism, political nonsense or bozo cowboys like Gundy. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Amid Gundy noise, Fauci delivers hope for football," 8 Apr. 2020 To the rescue come the teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder), who try to convince disbelieving authorities that the murderous bozos aren’t joking. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "When Reality Is Scary Enough, These Movies Are Safe Nightmares," 2 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of bozo

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bozo

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“Bozo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bozo

informal : a stupid or foolish person

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