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[puh-choo-koh; Spanish pah-choo-kaw] /pəˈtʃu koʊ; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔ/
noun, plural pachucos
[puh-choo-kohz; Spanish pah-choo-kaws] /pəˈtʃu koʊz; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔs/ (Show IPA)
(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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pachuco


noun (pl) -cos
(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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