[gon-zoh] Slang.
(of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like.
crazy; eccentric.
eccentricity, weirdness, or craziness.

1970–75, Americanism; apparently first used in the phrase Gonzo journalism by U.S. journalist Hunter S. Thompson (born 1939); perhaps < Italian: simpleton, one easily duped (of uncertain origin) or < Spanish ganso a lazy or dull person, literally, goose (< Germanic; see goose)

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gonzo (ˈɡɒnzəʊ)
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
n , gonzos
3.  a wild or crazy person
[C20: perhaps from Italian, literally: fool, or Spanish ganso idiot, bumpkin (literally: goose)]

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Word Origin & History

1971, Amer.Eng., in Hunter S. Thompson's phrase gonzo journalism, from It. gonzo "simpleton, blockhead." Thompson in 1972 said he got it from editor Bill Cardosa, and explained it as "some Boston word for weird, bizarre."
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gonzo definition

  1. n.
    a silly or foolish person. : Some gonzo is on the phone asking for the president of the universe.
  2. mod.
    crazy. : Who drew this gonzo picture of me?
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