Definition of boffo in English:



North American
  • 1(of a theatrical production or film, or a review of one) very successful or wholeheartedly commendatory.

    ‘a boffo box office certainty’
    • ‘This may not sound like boffo material, but genetic-engineering-policy specialist Michael Rodemeyer knows his crowd.’
    • ‘Today, there is no evidence that the gist of his boffo performance on February 5 was anything other than smoke and mirrors.’
    • ‘Here's hoping the subtlety won't be lost in the upcoming avalanche of boffo Christmas fare.’
    • ‘The film has won oodles of awards and done boffo box office in South Korea.’
    • ‘Justice League is doing boffo numbers on Cartoon Network.’
    • ‘There are so many great things about this movie, from its stunning set and costume design to its sprawling shots of a computer-generated, retro-fitted Paris, to the boffo casting of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.’
    • ‘There will be stars, contract players, boffo traffic numbers.’
    • ‘Both are spending big bucks on the operation and both want a boffo box office.’
    • ‘It looked like a boffo debut for him and his attempt to go Hollywood.’
    • ‘Obviously, with the boffo business the film is doing and the many positive reactions we are hearing to it from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, the film's appeal is not limited to this ‘reactionary clique.’’
    • ‘As insipid and inept as The Rescuers is, the film inexplicably turned out to be a box office bonanza for Disney, scoring boffo business both domestically and in Europe.’
    • ‘Despite boffo record sales and ubiquitous radio play in Montreal, they aren't selling out their anticipated Forum concert.’
    • ‘The off-year election on November 4 delivered another blast of good news to a White House already buoyed by boffo economic numbers.’
    • ‘Anyway, I wasn't terribly sold on the alleged political riskiness of this movie but it did do boffo business in France and here, due in large part to the controversy stirred up by its foes..’
    • ‘But problems in the ITV sector come at a time when several industry pundits are predicting boffo growth.’
    • ‘More importantly, will his latest cinematic experiment have a boffo box office weekend?’
    • ‘A boffo deal could unwind this relationship and give satisfaction to all concerned.’
    • ‘The film was shot in 1947 over ten trouble-free weeks, and it opened to rave reviews and boffo box office, billed as ‘The Happiest Musical Ever Made.’’
    • ‘Now that the frenzied e-holiday shopping season has come and gone, e-tailers and their bricks-and-mortar rivals face the giddy task of tallying the receipts from what was widely forecast to be a boffo year for consumer spending.’
    • ‘The show understandably won boffo ratings.’
    • ‘The conventions work; they were boffo in sixteenth-century Italy, and they're boffo today.’
    excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
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  • 2(of a laugh) deep and unrestrained.

    ‘I'm not going for the big boffo laughs’
    • ‘Unfortunately I did not know that to have a boffo laugh is not that important, believe it or not.’
    • ‘Without expectations of the big dramatic event or the boffo laugh, the rhythm of the voice makes manifest a yearning that might be spiritual or romantic.’
    • ‘He's not above going for the boffo laugh, but the punch of the jokes comes at you encased in a velvet glove.’
    • ‘Something like Mouse Hunt gets boffo laughs with scenes where a cupboard takes three shots to fall on Lee Evans.’
    1. 2.1 Boisterously funny.
      • ‘Let's hope he's right, and that the mano-a-mano matches produce a boffo finish.’
      • ‘It's not as outlandish or as hilarious as many of tales of his boffo corruption.’
      • ‘Aside from being great fun, what is the lesson from Boffa's boffo biological buffoonery?’


North American
  • A success.

    ‘the finale is a genuine boffo’
    • ‘Is it just me, or has West Wing gone from boffo to stinko?’
    • ‘Because of the Vaughn boffo, they were passed on pursuing Vladimir Guerrero, the Montreal slugger who had back problems.’
    • ‘Felix Farmer has established himself as Hollywood's golden boy - a producer who can turn any half-wit project or two-bit script into box office boffo.’
    • ‘If you've ever wondered why - when their line's fed several box office boffos (Spider-Man, X-Men, Blades I and II) in the past few years - Marvel Comics can remain in shaky financial straits, Deppey's ‘address’ gives a clue.’
    • ‘Believe me, I am always on the prowl for the suckadelic, be it box office boffo or direct-to-cable.’


1940s: from US boff ‘roaring success’ + -o.