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adj. Slang
1. Using an exaggerated, highly subjective style, as in journalism: "a hyperkinetic, gonzo version of Graham Greene" (New Yorker).
2. Extreme, unconventional, or bizarre: gonzo artwork; a gonzo snowboarding style.
3. Crazy, excited, or unrestrained: Fans went gonzo when the band came out.

[Perhaps Italian, simpleton (perhaps short for Borgonzone, Burgundian) or Spanish ganso, dullard, goose (of Germanic origin; see ghans- in Indo-European roots).]


1. wild or crazy
2. (Journalism & Publishing) (of journalism) explicitly including the writer's feelings at the time of witnessing the events or undergoing the experiences written about
n, pl gonzos
a wild or crazy person
[C20: perhaps from Italian, literally: fool, or Spanish ganso idiot, bumpkin (literally: goose)]


(ˈgɒn zoʊ)
fiercely advocative or partial without regard for balance or objectivity.
[1970–75, Amer.; appar. first used by U.S. journalist Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939); perhaps < Italian: simpleton]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gonzo - conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusualgonzo - conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual; "restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit"; "famed for his eccentric spelling"; "a freakish combination of styles"; "his off-the-wall antics"; "the outlandish clothes of teenagers"; "outre and affected stage antics"
unconventional - not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles"
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Bar Gonzo perfectly complements the Cassa brand, offering guests and residents an urban escape," said Solly Assa, President and CEO of Assa Properties.
Robert Lee, head of corporate at Wright Hassall, said: "We would also like to say thank you to everyone who joined us and to Mick Leape, and his team from Beer Gonzo, for doing another fantastic job.
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Lucie Byron, senior associate at Wright Hassall, said: "We were delighted to work with the team at Beer Gonzo again.
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