or mac·co·boy

[ mak-uh-boi ]
/ ˈmæk əˌbɔɪ /


a kind of snuff, usually rose-scented.

Origin of maccaboy

1730–40; earlier macabao, macauba, mac(c)ouba < French macouba a kind of aromatic tobacco; special use of Macouba place in northern Martinique, where made Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for maccaboy

  • Sometime when youer passin' by, I'd be mighty thankful ef you 'ud fetch me some maccaboy snuff.

    Mingo|Joel Chandler Harris
  • And Mrs. Perkins finished her speech with the largest pinch of maccaboy she could possibly hold between her thumb and forefinger.

    The English Orphans|Mary Jane Holmes
  • He takes a gentle pinch of her cheek as if she were maccaboy, when she is only a very verdant girl.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches|Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for maccaboy


maccoboy maccabaw (ˈmækəˌbɔː)

/ (ˈmækəˌbɔɪ) /


a dark rose-scented snuff

Word Origin for maccaboy

C18: from French macouba, from the name of the district of Martinique where it is made
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