Main definitions of macho in English

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macho1

adjective

  • Showing aggressive pride in one's masculinity.

    ‘the big macho tough guy’
    • ‘‘The Studs start off as macho guys who don't give a damn, but when they find they might lose their girlfriends, they realise they care more than they thought,’ Steel says.’
    • ‘Like a typical macho guy, he views his exile in Gayville not as a sign he might have some thinking to do, but as an educational experience that's made him a better lover to women.’
    • ‘The Dodge is the closest to the Titan in terms of macho styling and tough attitude.’
    • ‘There were effeminate guys who were looking for more macho guys.’
    • ‘Eddie has a lot in common with Wolverine - he's all tough macho bravado on the outside, but inside he's a wounded human being looking for acceptance.’
    • ‘People (who I'm guessing are macho guys) are revving their cars up & down the streets outside.’
    • ‘I glanced at the security men, rent-a cops by their overly macho manner and cheap badges, and faced Paul.’
    • ‘Thus although young black men form rival gangs which have to be fought, their tough macho masculinity wins them respect from their white counterparts.’
    • ‘It looks sporty, but with an unusually rigid, tough, macho appearance.’
    • ‘But underneath that tough, macho veneer lies a tanned and buffed pretty boy with the vocabulary of a 12-year-old.’
    • ‘I can say so many tough and macho things but when I actually settle down there, it's an entirely different story.’
    • ‘Because they pretend, I think, to be macho guys, but you see what sentimentalists they really are.’
    • ‘I'm not one of those macho guys who think men can't cry.’
    • ‘In the tough, macho arena of rock climbing, one woman has beaten the boys at their own game.’
    • ‘I would like to find a guy who can handle that, but am also not looking for an overly macho type.’
    • ‘You always hear the stories of people that say, I'm macho and tough enough, I'm going to ride this thing out.’
    • ‘He behaved differently around other men in general and found himself slipping into a much more aggressive and macho posture in everyday life.’
    • ‘The film also does an amiable job of revealing the ‘soul surfer’ culture behind these wave daredevils - even the overly macho dialogue seems natural in this context.’
    • ‘I seem to remember a lot of guys with cheap macho posturing about killing them all and letting God sort them out, and so forth.’
    male, aggressively male, masculine, unpleasantly masculine
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noun

  • 1A man who is aggressively proud of his masculinity.

    • ‘You see; his friends, as well as he, had always been machos and anti-feminist.’
    • ‘For death - with which they all flirted, the matadors, the duelling machos, the fortune tellers - is now getting down to business.’
    • ‘Zack / Pollock is a Hemingway-hero of a painter, a boorish macho with an elemental connection to his medium.’
    • ‘And finally, turning personal, how does this macho describe himself as an individual, apart from being body builder?’
    • ‘By showing these new machos turning themselves into cartoons, the writers try to persuade people not to take them seriously or follow where they lead.’
    • ‘Common to both the machos and the snobs is intense homophobia.’
    • ‘‘The maquiladoras were fed by thousands of young women who, in exchange for a salary, were abandoning traditional roles - and the machos reacted,’ the columnist said.’
    • ‘What will become of the little machos who already play the Pascha in kindergarten and grade school?’
    • ‘Chalino's reputation as a valiente, a brave macho, was bolstered by the incident.’
    • ‘I did the craziest thing and I was unrivalled and accepted as the stud / macho / male/man/ruler by the guys.’
    • ‘He had to be the macho, jerk, hot shot and save the day, while she, his partner, sat on the sidelines and watched the action.’
    • ‘As his hundreds of adventures with army recruits and other machos demonstrates, homosexual activity flourished, even among men who identified themselves as heterosexual.’
    • ‘Conversely, to be in a relationship with a passionate and self-assured Latino doesn't imply subservience to the dominant macho.’
    • ‘In the rest of Mexico, coquettish gay extroverts like these would be hounded out of town by the local machos: there would be shouts of ‘putos’ or ‘jotos’ (poofs, faggots), cat-whistles, the odd missile.’
    red-blooded male, macho man, muscleman
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    1. 1.1 Machismo.
      • ‘Fragile and very limited democracy wants to pass for macho.’
      • ‘I think what the subject needs is a little constructive macho.’
      • ‘From a pure box-office point of view, all of us can surely relish the sort of muscular macho, the one-on-one confrontation on view when a Phil Vickery meets a Christian Califano.’
      • ‘Pride and passion, macho and vulnerability, competitiveness and exhaustion all intermingle on the stage.’
      • ‘The prestige of white macho has definitely taken a hit, and the resulting sense of loss moves many issues.’
      • ‘She may be a lesbian and a registered Democrat, but she swears an oath to macho, which is why it's fair to call her a homocon.’
      • ‘When it comes to macho, Bruno says there is only so much of that you can take.’
      • ‘The immense power of the trade unions was often ego and macho driven, and on many occasions that power was wielded mercilessly for short-term gain.’
      • ‘As the predators represent the pinnacle of macho, this still shows that she is subservient to the male symbolism.’
      masculinity, aggressive masculinity, toughness, chauvinism, male chauvinism, sexism, laddishness
      masculinity, aggressive masculinity, machismo, toughness, chauvinism, male chauvinism, sexism, laddishness
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Origin

1920s: from Mexican Spanish, ‘masculine or vigorous’.

Pronunciation

macho

/ˈmäCHō//ˈmɑtʃoʊ/

Main definitions of macho in English

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MACHO2

noun

Astronomy
  • A compact object, such as a brown dwarf, a low-mass star, or a black hole, of a kind that is thought by some to constitute part of the dark matter in galactic halos.

Origin

1990s: acronym from Massive (Astrophysical) Compact Halo Object.

Pronunciation

MACHO

/ˈmaCHō/