AskDefine | Define bonzer

Dictionary Definition

bonzer adj : remarkable or wonderful

User Contributed Dictionary



Entered use 1900–05, origin uncertain.


  1. remarkable; wonderful.


  • 1915, C. J. Dennis, Songs of a Sentimental bloke,
    This ev'nin' I was sittin' wiv Doreen, / Peaceful an' 'appy wiv the day's work done, / Watchin', be'ind the orchard's bonzer green, / The flamin' wonder of the settin' sun.
  • 1988, Slim Dusty, G'Day G'Day (Album)
    Track title: Bloody Bonzer Mate

Alternative spellings


  • Probably from the Spanish word bonanza, by way of American English.


Extensive Definition

Bonzer is an Australian slang term. It is an expression of approval or one used as a generally positive reaction.
A bonzer is also a variety of surfboard created by the Campbell Brothers. It is a shortboard with three or five fins with double concave channels. The channels create a venturi effect which guides the water off of the surface of the board through a narrowed passage, increasing its acceleration and speed.
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