bo·​zo | \ ˈbō-(ˌ)zō \
plural bozos

Definition of bozo

: a foolish or incompetent person

Examples of bozo in a Sentence

Some bozo forgot to shut the door.

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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 Hundreds of people gathered to watch the showdown: Larry Fitzgerald, one of the greatest wide receivers ever to play, had accepted a challenge from some bozo sportswriter to go one-on-one in a press-man coverage drill. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: What happens when Larry Fitzgerald takes on a bozo sports columnist? Find out here," 21 Apr. 2018 Their two children come in to find both parents on the floor, their mother weeping, their father’s head bloodied, three unshaven red-eyed bozos looming over them, their guns out. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Treatments," 24 Mar. 2018 That Cohen is the bozo in this little dunk-tank exercise is an occasion for unmistakable schadenfreude. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Stormy Daniels Is Running Rings Around Trump's Lawyer," 9 Mar. 2018 Yet these bozos are wondrously, almost definitively dim, especially Shawn Eckhardt ( Paul Walter Hauser ), Tonya’s blob of a bodyguard who tries to pass himself off as an expert on international counterterrorism. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘I, Tonya’ Review: We, Fascinated," 7 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of bozo

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bozo

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English Language Learners Definition of bozo

informal : a stupid or foolish person

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