gon·​zo ˈgän-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce gonzo (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a style of journalism marked by a lack of objectivity due to the writer's immersion in the subject and often participation in the activity being documented
gonzo journalism
a gonzo journalist
: outlandishly unconventional, outrageous, or extreme
a gonzo comedian
: very strange or unusual : bizarre
gonzo notions

Examples of gonzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps owing to these gonzo genetics, apples are remarkably susceptible to disease and rot. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 8 June 2020 Eugene Levy portrayed Johnny with an owlish deadpan, and Catherine O’Hara, his frequent collaborator on the Canadian sketch circuit, granted Moira a loopy flair, an unplaceable accent, and a gonzo lexicon. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2020 Its late #MeToo turn seems a bit tacked on, but its provocations feel right for a 2019 book about adults, students, and power; a bit of righteous rage coursing through a story in which its author wields gonzo confidence. David Canfield, EW.com, 18 Dec. 2019 Expect gonzo adventure and cutting-edge mathematical ideas, plus a literal million-mile road trip. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2019 Midnight Madness will close with a world premiere for Isaac Nabwana’s gonzo action flick Crazy World. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Aug. 2019 In the gonzo math of climate change, two flights plus a water crossing produce fewer moral emissions than one flight. Kyle Smith, National Review, 26 Sep. 2019 Saturday’s masquerade may be a costume maker’s nirvana, but every day at the Con is chockablock with gonzo wardrobes, seductive graphics, stunning animations. Tribune News Service, cleveland.com, 18 July 2019 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gonzo was in 1971

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“Gonzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonzo. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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