Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely successful; great.
  • n. See boff1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very good or successful
  • n. A great success; a hit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. highly successful; superbly well done.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resoundingly successful and popular

Etymologies

Alteration of boff1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Used by Ford Prefect to describe a beach in California, I believe.

    March 22, 2008

  • "Rock Hudson later starred with John Wayne in The Undefeated (1969), but not before 'the Duke' made his military-entertainment masterpiece The Green Berets (1968), which enjoyed the full backing of the Vietnam-embattled Department of Defense. With loads of military input, The Green Berets proved to be, said Variety, a 'whammo' and 'boffo' box-office success. Critics, however, almost universally panned it. One New York Times film reviewer went so far as to call it 'so unspeakable, so stupid, so rotten and false in every detailā€¦ vile and insane.'"
    - 'The Golden Age of the Military-Entertainment Complex', Nick Turse, 2008.

    March 21, 2008