Definition of macher in English:



  • 1A person who gets things done.

    • ‘The company was and is run by moguls, people who want to make deals and who aspire to be machers.’
    • ‘The real macher in the conflagration over forest fires is Mark Rey, the Agriculture Department undersecretary.’
    • ‘Almost six months ago, foreign-policy macher Perle vowed to sue him for writing an unflattering feature about him in The New Yorker.’
    • ‘Now, all sorts of entities and non-entities can reveal to mass audiences the agendas of these media machers.’
    • ‘But media machers would have a far stronger case for complaint about the role Hollywood plays in our politics if the very same media outlets weren't begging for each star's latest pronouncement.’
    magnate, tycoon, vip, notable, notability, personage, baron, captain, king, lord, grandee, mandarin, nabob
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    1. 1.1derogatory An overbearing person.
      • ‘After Star Wars, Hollywood's machers more or less cut off the capital spigot to truly visionary filmmakers, opting instead to turn out schlockbuster after schlockbuster.’
      • ‘Nothing, it seems, can stop a striving little macher like Ratner from running.’


1930s: from Yiddish makher, from Middle High German Macher doer, active person.