[ mah-choh ]
/ ˈmɑ tʃoʊ /


having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious, or dominating way.
having a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate.

noun, plural ma·chos.

Also ma·cho·ism. assertive or aggressive manliness; machismo.
an assertively virile, dominating, or domineering male.

Origin of macho

1925–30, Americanism < Spanish: literally, male < Latin masculus; see masculine

Related forms

an·ti·ma·cho, adjectivesu·per·ma·cho, noun, plural su·per·ma·chos.un·ma·cho, adjective

Can be confused

male masculine macho (see synonym study at male) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for macho


/ (ˈmætʃəʊ) /


denoting or exhibiting pride in characteristics believed to be typically masculine, such as physical strength, sexual appetite, etc

noun plural machos

a man who displays such characteristics

Word Origin for macho

C20: from Spanish: male; see machismo
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Science definitions for macho


[ mächō ]

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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Culture definitions for 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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