Definition of boffo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒfəʊ
North American informal


  • 1(Of a theatrical production or film, or a review of one) very successful or wholeheartedly commendatory: a boffo box office certainty
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    • This may not sound like boffo material, but genetic-engineering-policy specialist Michael Rodemeyer knows his crowd.
    • The film was shot in 1947 over ten trouble-free weeks, and it opened to rave reviews and boffo box office, billed as ‘The Happiest Musical Ever Made.’
    • The film has won oodles of awards and done boffo box office in South Korea.
  • 2(Of a laugh) deep and unrestrained: I’m not going for the big boffo laughs
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    • Something like Mouse Hunt gets boffo laughs with scenes where a cupboard takes three shots to fall on Lee Evans.
    • Unfortunately I did not know that to have a boffo laugh is not that important, believe it or not.
    • He's not above going for the boffo laugh, but the punch of the jokes comes at you encased in a velvet glove.
  • 2.1Boisterously funny.
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    • Let's hope he's right, and that the mano-a-mano matches produce a boffo finish.
    • It's not as outlandish or as hilarious as many of tales of his boffo corruption.
    • Aside from being great fun, what is the lesson from Boffa's boffo biological buffoonery?

noun (plural boffos)

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  • A success: the finale is a genuine boffo
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    • If you've ever wondered why - when their line's fed several box office boffos (Spider-Man, X-Men, Blades I and II) in the past few years - Marvel Comics can remain in shaky financial straits, Deppey's ‘address’ gives a clue.
    • Because of the Vaughn boffo, they were passed on pursuing Vladimir Guerrero, the Montreal slugger who had back problems.
    • Felix Farmer has established himself as Hollywood's golden boy - a producer who can turn any half-wit project or two-bit script into box office boffo.


1940s: from US boff 'roaring success' + -o.

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