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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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Yna, fe wnaethon lusgo'n traed blinedig tuag at y ddau prif lwyfan a chyfarfod a hogia'r grw p Derwyddon Dr Gonzo, oedd newydd lusgo eu hunain ar ol perfformio yng Ngwyl Latitude yn Swydd Suffolk.
Gonzo is a solid introduction to the mythology of Thompson, but it would be of better service to all aspiring writers had it spent more time explaining that Thompson's wildstyle was grounded in actual, astute reporting.
That said, they generally show their support for the acts lined up by host Gonzo.
Featuring flamboyant compere Jon Mayoe, comedian Bill Wooland, burlesque stars Sakura Tsui and Miss Honeymoon, mad magician Pete Firman, Vaudevillian Gonzo Gonzo, cabaret vamp Rosie Lugosi, glamorous boy-wonder Elektralush, songbird Dolores Delight, fire and dance performers The Cathouse Belles, and Jim Devereux as tribute act This Is Elvis.
5 million yen ($510,000), GK Entertainment will produce GONZO brand animations in collaboration with Gonzo, a GDH group animation production company.