Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Using an exaggerated, highly subjective style, as in journalism.
  • adjective Extreme, unconventional, or bizarre.
  • adjective Crazy, excited, or unrestrained.

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  • adjective journalism Using an unconventional, exaggerated and highly subjective style, often when the reporter is part of the story.
  • noun A wild or crazy person

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  • adjective conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Etymologies

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

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

Examples

  • He pioneered what became known as gonzo journalism, living life on the edge and famously writing about his experiences.

    CNN Transcript Feb 9, 2007

  • Looking at the messages in the media that perpetuate rape myths and even make us very rape tolerant is crucial to primary prevention of this type of violence (e.g., take pornography - both the "soft core" and the "gonzo" - how pornography in general has become so much more mainstream, just as the more violent and hateful versions have become more extreme). thank you for the good work you do! goedel

    NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

  • George Condo: A Collection of Etchings | Condo is typically known for bold paintings so brash as to be referred to as gonzo "artificial realism," the term the artist uses to describe his works, which by turns are meditative, wry, irreverent and fantastical, reflecting Condo's now-iconic surrealistic mash-up of old and modern masters.

    Bill Bush: I Shot Andy Warhol: This Artweek.LA (June 13-19)

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  • Not sure, but I'd guess this was popularized by Hunter S. Thompson's "gonzo journalism"...

    August 13, 2007

  • That, or the muppet.

    August 14, 2007

  • Isn't there a bean called the "gonzo bean"?

    February 2, 2009

  • Garbanzo bean?

    February 2, 2009

  • Does that mean there's a kind of pornography called garbanzo porn. Maybe that was what was wrong with the PETA ad that was rejected from the Superbowl -- too many busty vegetarians getting naked in large vats of garbanzo beans.

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    February 2, 2009

  • in cycling, it is also the crazy unconventional stunt

    January 12, 2013

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