WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
gon•zo  (gonzō),USA pronunciation [Slang.]
adj. 
  1. Journalism(of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like.
  2. crazy;
    eccentric.

n. 
  1. eccentricity, weirdness, or craziness.
[1970–75, Amer.;
appar. first used in the phrase Gonzo journalism by U.S. journalist Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939);
perh. It: simpleton, one easily duped (of uncert. orig.) or Sp ganso a lazy or dull person, lit., goose ( Gmc;
see goose)]


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gonzo /ˈɡɒnzəʊ/ adj slang
  1. wild or crazy
  2. (of journalism) explicitly including the writer's feelings at the time of witnessing the events or undergoing the experiences written about
Etymology: 20th Century: perhaps from Italian, literally: fool, or Spanish ganso idiot, bumpkin (literally: goose)



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