Definition of Rambo in English:



  • An exceptionally tough, aggressive man.

    • ‘Yet, there is a surefire way to rile the mild-mannered 41-year-old who is the furthest thing in the world from a Rambo.’
    • ‘The Rambos on my left looked at me as though i did something wrong but then the sweaty glamour girl moved closer to me and the stench of the garlic and her white jeans that she's been wearing the last 6 months hit me and I made like I was sick.’
    • ‘Sure, there are gung-ho soldiers, the kind who envision themselves as modern day Rambos but, as with any other career out there, you will find the ultra-charged, alpha-worker within any group of people.’
    • ‘I was a junior member of the National Rifle Association when it was about being a sportsman, not a Rambo.’
    • ‘He has adopted a Rambo mentality and carries knives, guns and grenades on his person which he will not hesitate to use.’
    • ‘In movies and television they are still portrayed as Rambos, mercenaries, head cases, even as they approach retirement in the face of declining benefits.’
    • ‘They call it a liaison mission but it was really a military patrol on a Rambo mission.’
    • ‘He also fancies himself as a bit of a Rambo type, with murky rumours of his military exploits incongruously floating around the mild mannered madman.’
    • ‘The media and the government referred to this group as militant land owners, rascals, criminals, Rambos, thugs, hooligans, trouble makers and rebels.’


The name of the hero of David Morrell's novel First Blood (1972), popularized in the films First Blood (1982) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).