Definition of bimbo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪmbəʊ/

noun (plural bimbos)

informal, derogatory
An attractive but unintelligent or frivolous young woman.
Example sentences
  • I responded with something along the lines of; ‘Maybe girls in America are expected to look like bimbos at a young age, but not in England, thank you very much!’
  • It was wall-to-wall bimbos and their aspiring bimbos.
  • She is incredibly attractive but she's not a bimbo, and that's what makes her so special.



Example sentences
  • Multi millionaire tycoons with Caribbean hideaways and luscious bimbettes pursuant do not generally feel the need to resort to this sort of thing.
  • You have bimbettes commentating, hardly any stats being shown, thee don't even display the number of overs bowled all the time.
  • Now, he's a good chap who makes schoolboy jokes and can't be trusted with underdressed bimbettes.


Early 20th century (originally in the sense 'fellow, chap'): from Italian, literally 'little child'.

  • Bimbos in English are young women, but in Italian a bimbo is a baby, and in English bimbo was originally an American slang term for a fellow or chap, especially a foolish one. In 1947 P. G. Wodehouse wrote of ‘Bimbos who went about the place making passes at innocent girls after discarding their wives’. This meaning is first recorded in 1918, and by the 1920s the modern sense was being used. In the 1980s the word himbo was coined to mean ‘a male bimbo’. At the same time bimbette was coined for a younger bimbo. Compare babe

Words that rhyme with bimbo

akimbo, limbo

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