gonzo

Definition

Slang

  • adjective unrestrained, hedonistic, extremist as a style, particularly a journalistic style popularised by the late Hunter S. Thompson in his articles for Rolling Stone magazine in the early 1970s. Gonzo is said to be an earlier hipster term made up of gone and the ‘-o’ ending (with a median s or z to aid pronunciation), but is more likely to be a straightforward borrowing of the Italian gonzo, meaning foolish.
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