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Post by river » Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:06 pm

Could someone pinpoint the meaning of the word "bimbo?"
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Post by dalehileman » Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:18 pm

1...a man, esp a mean and menacing one 2...An insignificant person; = NEBBISH... 3...A woman. esp a young woman of hedonistic aspect.... 4....A prostitute; =HOOKER--H-C Dict of Am. Slang

I believe def 3 predominates onshore
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Post by podictionary » Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:50 am

"Bimbo" evolved from Italian "bambino" meaning "child" and the OED first citation in 1919 has a meaning of "tough guy." A second meaning appears in 1929 closer to the meanings 3 & 4 above, but my own understanding would put a bimbo as a "dumb blond" type; sort of a trophy date. I mentioned "bimbo" in my July 29th audio word of the day
(still available at http://podictionary.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=14178)
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