Word Origin & History
1919, "fellow, chap," from It. variant of bambino "baby;" first attested in Italian-accented theater dialogue. Originally especially "stupid, inconsequential man, contemptible person;" by 1920 the sense of "floozie" had developed (popularized by "Variety" staffer Jack Conway, d.1928). Resurrection during
1980s U.S. political sex scandals led to derivatives including dim. bimbette (1990) and male form himbo (1988).