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Thursday, August 15

Boffo

[bä-(ˌ)fō]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: American English, 20th century

1.

Wildly successful or popular

2.

Outstanding

Examples of Boffo in a sentence

"The actress delivered such a boffo performance that she won an Academy Award."

"The play had a boffo final act, resulting in a standing ovation from the audience."

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About Boffo

It's believed that boffo originated in 1943 in the popular Hollywood trade magazine "Variety," which is still hugely popular today.

Did you Know?

Boffo is a relatively new word in English, first coming into use in the 1940s in America. It is most frequently used in the entertainment industry.

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