WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of macho 1925–30, Americanism
literally, male <
masculine Related forms an·ti·ma·cho, adjective su·per·ma·cho, noun, plural su·per·ma·chos. un·ma·cho, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for machoism 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
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Word Origin and History for machoism
1928 (n.) "tough guy," from Spanish
macho "male animal," noun use of adjective meaning "masculine, virile," from Latin masculus (see masculine). As an adjective, first attested in English 1959.
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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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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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