macho

[ mah-choh ]
/ ˈmɑ tʃoʊ /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of macho

An Americanism first recorded in 1925–30; from Spanish: literally, “male,” from Latin masculus; see male, masculine

OTHER WORDS FROM macho

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH macho

male, masculine, macho
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British Dictionary definitions for macho

macho
/ (ˈmætʃəʊ) /

adjective

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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Scientific definitions for macho

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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Cultural definitions for macho

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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