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pachuco

[puh-choo-koh; Spanish pah-choo-kaw]
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noun, plural pa·chu·cos [puh-choo-kohz; Spanish pah-choo-kaws] /pəˈtʃu koʊz; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔs/.
  1. (especially among Mexican-Americans) a teenage youth who belongs to a street gang known for its flamboyant style.

Origin of pachuco

1940–45; < American Spanish (U.S. Southwest), Mexican Spanish: probably originally a resident of El Paso, equivalent to (El) Pas(o) + -uco pejorative noun suffix, with expressive replacement of s by ch; compare Mexican Spanish pachuco worthless card hand, derivative of paso pass
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British Dictionary definitions for pachuco

Pachuco

noun plural -cos
  1. US a young Mexican living in the US, esp one of low social status who belongs to a street gang

Word Origin

C20: from Mexican Spanish
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