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macho

[mah-choh]
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adjective
  1. having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious, or dominating way.
  2. having a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate.
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noun, plural ma·chos.
  1. Also ma·cho·ism. assertive or aggressive manliness; machismo.
  2. an assertively virile, dominating, or domineering male.
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Origin of macho

1925–30, Americanism < Spanish: literally, male < Latin masculus; see masculine
Related formsan·ti·ma·cho, adjectivesu·per·ma·cho, noun, plural su·per·ma·chos.un·ma·cho, adjective
Can be confusedmale masculine macho (see synonym study at male)
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  • He then refastened his macho, adding for additional security a piece of whipcord, which he said rendered escape impossible.

    The Bible in Spain

    George Borrow

  • He then re-fastened his macho, adding for additional security a piece of whipcord, which he said rendered escape impossible.

    The Bible in Spain

    George Borrow


British Dictionary definitions for macho

macho

adjective
  1. denoting or exhibiting pride in characteristics believed to be typically masculine, such as physical strength, sexual appetite, etc
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noun plural machos
  1. a man who displays such characteristics
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Word Origin

C20: from Spanish: male; see machismo
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Word Origin and History for macho

1928 (n.) "tough guy," from Spanish macho "male animal," noun use of adjective meaning "masculine, virile," from Latin masculus (see masculine). As an adjective, first attested in English 1959.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

macho in Science

MACHO

[mächō]
  1. Short for massive astrophysical compact halo object.Any of various massive dark objects, such as a brown dwarf star, black hole, or large planet, found in a galactic halo. MACHOs are thought to make up at least a part of the dark matter that apparently pervades much of the universe.
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macho in Culture

macho

[(mah-choh)]

The often exaggerated, aggressive virility of a male: “Jim likes to wear a torn T-shirt and a black leather jacket when he rides his motorcycle. I guess he thinks it makes him look macho.” The original Spanish word means “male.”

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