bonzer adj : remarkable or wonderful
EtymologyEntered use 1900–05, origin uncertain.
- 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
- Probably from the Spanish word bonanza, by way of American English.
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.