(gon’ zo), Slang.


1. (of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like

2. crazy; eccentric.


3. eccentricity, weirdness, or craziness.

[1970–75, Amer.; appar. first used in the phrase Gonzo journalism by U.S. journalist Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939);

perh. <It: simpleton, one easily duped (of uncert. orig.) or < Sp ganso‘ a lazy or dull person, lit., goose (<Gmc; see GOOSE]