Trump tweet about 'BOFFO' leaves many scratching their heads. Here's what it means

Josh Peter, USA TODAY
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On Monday morning, the word “BOFFO’’ got a boost from the commander in chief. Not sure what it means? You're not alone.

President Donald Trump tweeted, “Early voting reports look far stronger than originally anticipated. Every RALLY is BOFFO.’’

So what exactly did the president mean by boffo? On Twitter, many users said they had to look up the definition of boffo.

Merriam-Webster tweeted that shortly after the president used the word it became a top trending search on the online dictionary.

Thanks to Merriam-Webster, the mystery of boffo will not linger like Trump’s use of “covfefe’’ on May 31, 2017, when in a tweet he wrote, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”

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“Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ???’’ Trump later wrote. “Enjoy!”

Of boffo, the online Merriam-Webster dictionary identifies the word as an adjective and defines it as “extremely successful: SENSATIONAL.’’

Synonyms include “A-OK,’’ “bang-up,’’ “gangbusters’’ and “out-of-sight.’’

Courtesy of Fortune magazine, a sample sentence incorporating boffo and published during the pandemic: “Zoom flexed its muscles last week with a boffo earnings report.’’

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: BOFFO trends on Merriam-Webster after President's tweet