Definition of gonzo in English:

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gonzo

Pronunciation: /ˈɡänzō/

adjective

informal, chiefly North American
1Of or associated with journalistic writing of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style.
Example sentences
  • His self-invented style of gonzo journalism which pushed the hack himself into the story even as it pushed any attempt at objectivity out, defined feature writing for the next few generations.
  • But is it just gonzo journalism, or could this more personality-driven style in some ways provide a more ‘true-to-life’ account of reality than classic news journalism?
  • The ashes of the late journalist, often credited with starting gonzo journalism, where the writer is an important part of the story, were blasted out of a tower over his home in Colorado.
1.1Bizarre or crazy: the woman was either gonzo or stoned
More example sentences
  • Then, over the next half an hour, a bunch of gonzo skateboarders and other mentalists from the mall construct slapstick routines, some of them bordering on the life-threatening.
  • Attendees can obtain jackalope hunting licenses from the Chamber of Commerce and go gonzo with the crosshairs so long as they remember to refrain from hunting jackalope from midnight to 2 a.m. on June 31.
  • He first took to the turntables at 11 years old, and ever since, Paul has remained the hip-hop scene's most adventurous producer, shaping and reshaping the music according to his gonzo sensibility.

Origin

1970s: perhaps from Italian gonzo 'foolish' or Spanish ganso 'goose, fool'.

Words that rhyme with gonzo

Alfonso, Alonzo

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: gon·zo

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