gon·​zo | \ˈgän-(ˌ)zō \

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

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But what’s most unexpectedly gratifying is how much energy veteran standup director Jeff Tomsic and his splashy cast pour into ensuring that this is legit entertainment, packed with gonzo wit and even some sentiment. Tom Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking for just the right touch in ‘Tag’," 13 June 2018 Outsider art turned pop, the hits were the kind of gonzo genius more respectable musicians wouldn’t dream of -- nor the band’s many imitators. Richard S. He, Billboard, "August 18, 1998: Korn, Kid Rock, Orgy & The Biggest Day in Nu-Metal History," 30 May 2018 Thankfully, such gonzo proposals never came to fruition. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Volcanoes are awe-inspiring. Here are 7 things to know about them.," 11 May 2018 Consider Warren Craghead, the TrumpTrump author, who draws in a style that’s vaguely reminiscent of the gonzo mode of Ralph Steadman (best known for his work with the journalist Hunter S. Thompson). Sarah Boxer, The Atlantic, "Why Is Donald Trump So Hard to Caricature?," 10 Mar. 2018 May responds to Tague's increasingly gonzo antics as though his life really depended on it. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "'Misery' at Great Lakes Theater: Despite top-notch cast and a spooky set, it's under rather than over-the-top (review)," 22 Feb. 2018 Tom Petty tribute act Petty Theft (Feb. 3) and gonzo guitar mauling Scott Pemberton Band (Feb. 10) round out the remaining shows. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Three to see this weekend: Torch Club music benefit, Auburn jamfest, banjo duo," 26 Jan. 2018 From the start, a certain level of gonzo warfare was baked into the project. Sean Howe, New York Times, "A Sex Pistols Concert Film Languished for Four Decades. Here’s Why.," 22 Dec. 2017 And, because Rosenberg is a disarming combination of gonzo professional and unchecked fangirl, a Sandra Bullock character waiting to happen, those chefs were charmed. Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "This Is the Woman Behind the World's Best Restaurant," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of gonzo

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gonzo

: having a very strange or unusual quality

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