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Bimbo
See also: bimbó, Bimbo, and BIMBO

English

Etymology

From Italian bimbo ("a child, a male baby"), variant of bambino ("child"). Originated in Italian American theater, attested 1919, as "stupid, inconsequential man", by 1920 developed sense of "floozie, attractive and stupid woman".[1] Popularized in 1920s by Jack Conway of entertainment magazine Variety, who also popularized baloney ("nonsense") and palooka ("large stupid man"). Revived in popularity in 1980s US political sex scandals.[1]

Pronunciation

Noun

bimbo (plural bimbos or bimboes)

  1. (derogatory, slang) A physically attractive woman who lacks intelligence.
    Synonyms: airhead, bimbette, dumb blonde, floozie
    • P. J. O'Rourke
      A bimbo is a woman who is not pretty enough to be a model, not smart enough to be an actress, and not nice enough to be a poisonous snake.
    • 10 May 2004, The New Yorker:
      Fey [...] makes hay with the thought processes of a purebred bimbo
  2. (derogatory, slang) A stupid or foolish person.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter III:
      And one had to remember that most of the bimbos to whom Roberta Wickham had been giving the bird through the years had been of the huntin', shootin' and fishin' type, fellows who had more or less shot their bolt after saying 'Eh, what?' and slapping their leg with a hunting crop.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XIII:
      Isn't he the bimbo who took the bread out of the mouths of the Thursday Review people? Chuck the blighter out of the window and we want to see him bounce.

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References

  1. ? 1.01.1 "bimbo" in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001-2020.

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English bimbo, from Italian bimbo.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /'b?m.bo:/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bim?bo

Noun

bimbo f (plural bimbo's, diminutive bimbootje n)

  1. (derogatory) bimbo (unintelligent floozie)

Italian

Etymology

Variant of bambino ("child").

Pronunciation

Noun

bimbo m (plural bimbi, feminine bimba)

  1. child, baby (male)

Descendants

  • -> English: bimbo

Anagrams


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From English bimbo, from Italian.

Noun

bimbo m (definite singular bimboen, indefinite plural bimboer, definite plural bimboene)

  1. (derogatory) bimbo

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From English bimbo, from Italian.

Noun

bimbo m (definite singular bimboen, indefinite plural bimboar, definite plural bimboane)

  1. (derogatory) bimbo

References


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