[ mah-choh ]
/ ˈmɑ tʃoʊ /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM machoan·ti·ma·cho, adjectivesu·per·ma·cho, noun, plural su·per·ma·chos.un·ma·cho, adjective
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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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Scientific definitions for macho
[ mä′chō ]
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
[ (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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