[ puh-choo-koh; Spanish pah-choo-kaw ]
/ pəˈtʃu koʊ; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔ /
noun, plural pa·chu·cos [puh-choo-kohz; Spanish pah-choo-kaws]. /pəˈtʃu koʊz; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔs/.
(especially among Mexican-Americans) a teenage youth who belongs to a street gang known for its flamboyant style.
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Origin of pachuco
1940–45; <American Spanish (U.S. Southwest), Mexican Spanish: probably originally a resident of El Paso, equivalent to (El) Pas(o) + -uco pejorative noun suffix, with expressive replacement of s by ch; compare Mexican Spanish pachuco worthless card hand, derivative of paso pass
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British Dictionary definitions for pachuco
/ (pəˈtʃuːkəʊ) /
noun plural -cos
US a young Mexican living in the US, esp one of low social status who belongs to a street gang
Word Origin for Pachuco
C20: from Mexican Spanish
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