[mah-cheez-moh, -chiz-, muh-]


a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity.
a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate: The military campaign was an exercise in national machismo.

Nearby words

  1. machinery,
  2. machinery murmur,
  3. machinery steel,
  4. machinima,
  5. machinist,
  6. machmeter,
  7. macho,
  8. machpelah,
  9. machree,
  10. machtpolitik

Origin of machismo

1945–50, Americanism < Spanish see macho, -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for machismo



exaggerated masculine pride

Word Origin for machismo

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish macho male, from Latin masculus masculine

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Word Origin and History for machismo



1940, from American Spanish machismo, from Spanish macho "male" (see macho) + ismo (see -ism).

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