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pachuco

[ puh-choo-koh; Spanish pah-choo-kaw ]
/ pəˈtʃu koʊ; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔ /
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noun, plural pa·chu·cos [puh-choo-kohz; Spanish pah-choo-kaws]. /pəˈtʃu koʊz; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔs/.

a Mexican American member of a young street gang subculture popular during the first half of the 20th century and known for its flamboyant style and fashion, similar in many ways to the zoot-suit subculture.

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Origin of pachuco

First recorded in 1940–45; from American Spanish (U.S. Southwest), Mexican Spanish: probably originally a resident of El Paso, Texas, 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

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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