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

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First, Somerville will be teaming up with director and executive producer S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones) to turn Alissa Nutting’s gonzo novel Made For Love into a 10-episode, half-hour comedy. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Best-selling books Made For Love and Station Eleven are being brought to TV by Maniac showrunner," 26 June 2019 Those slices of 21st century American naming convention, though, don’t interest me as much as the truly gonzo, minor-character-in-a-Thomas-Pynchon-novel-esque monikers that the draft provides with regularity every summer. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "There's No Villain in the Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy Spat," 11 June 2019 Or perhaps the legacy of early African-American filmmakers like Oscar Micheaux, whose gonzo style of independent filmmaking favored filling every frame with as much entertainment as the story could bear? Veronica Chambers, Marie Claire, "My favorite Black rom-coms are a reminder that falling in love isn’t a solitary affair.," 13 Feb. 2019 The mythology really took over as the series went along, and the third film’s exploration of the story’s universe, while turning back the clock a little bit, gives it a fresh feeling and a gloriously gonzo finale. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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

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