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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Italian, 1970s


Of or associated with journalistic writing of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style.



Examples of Gonzo in a sentence

"The longtime columnist was known for his gonzo writings."

"That gonzo mural down the street is bringing a lot of people who want to take photos."

About Gonzo

In Spanish, "ganso" means "goose or fool." In Italian, "gonzo" means "foolish." "Gonzo" was adopted into English to describe the wild, literary, stylized journalism popularized in the 1970s, which often described some pretty outrageous activities.

Did you Know?

Perhaps the most famous figure of gonzo journalism is Hunter S. Thompson. His book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream" was brought to the big screen in a 1998 adaptation. His work was often controversial, but it earned him a place in magazines including "Esquire," "Harper's," and "Rolling Stone."

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