gonzo

adjective
gon·​zo | \ ˈgän-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce gonzo (audio) \

Definition of gonzo

1 : 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
2 informal
a : outlandishly unconventional, outrageous, or extreme a gonzo comedian
b : very strange or unusual : bizarre gonzo notions

Examples of gonzo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The year in books: Everything you need to know about 2019's biggest titles," 18 Dec. 2019 Expect gonzo adventure and cutting-edge mathematical ideas, plus a literal million-mile road trip. Washington Post, "The best science fiction and fantasy of 2019," 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, "Nicolas Cage's 'Color Out of Space,' Bryce Dallas Howard's 'Dads' Join Toronto Fest Lineup," 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, "Greta Thunberg: Lisa Simpson Crossed with Bane," 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, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 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, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 Lumpinee is most famous locally for its advertising leaflets, astonishing folk-art documents that rank right up there in sheer gonzo complexity with squeeze bottles of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap. Peter Meehan, Los Angeles Times, "A collection of Gold-isms: soft-porn videocassettes, Claes Oldenburg and Metallica," 18 July 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. San Diego Union-Tribune, "50 Shades of Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of gonzo

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gonzo

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“Gonzo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonzo. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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gonzo

adjective
How to pronounce gonzo (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gonzo

chiefly US, informal : having a very strange or unusual quality

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