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Definition of macho

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: characterized by machismo : aggressively virile


plural machos

Definition of macho (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who exhibits machismo
2 : machismo

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Synonyms & Antonyms for macho

Synonyms: Noun

machismo, manhood, manliness, masculinity, virility

Antonyms: Noun

femininity, muliebrity, womanhood, womanliness

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Examples of macho in a Sentence


the macho world of football


their annual guys-only hunting trip is a celebration of macho

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the Wanderer, Dion is the macho loverboy who has goes from town to town loving and leaving them. Mike Oliver |, al, "My Vinyl Countdown is all ears as it enters The Twighlight Zone," 17 Aug. 2019 That kind of macho posturing would not do for Bernadette. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "What ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ meant to me as a woman in architecture," 13 Aug. 2019 The ship’s cramped, dingy, 6-by-60 meters overflow with rumor, a macho posturing, and a toxic ideology of heroism. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 Is this a blip, or a turning point for the traditionally macho genre? Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The uniquely California rise of Marianne Williamson," 31 July 2019 The macho posturing ventures into more specific comparisons, with dialogue seemingly written for (if not by) teenage boys. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Hobbs & Shaw' races into new lane under 'Fast & Furious' flag," 31 July 2019 Tarantino’s depiction of marital domesticity is as bitter and burdensome as any macho adolescent might envision it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: Quentin Tarantino’s Obscenely Regressive Vision of the Sixties in “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”," 27 July 2019 The richest man in town is a macho fox farmer with a trophy wife and a long-range rifle who surveys the area in his 4×4, scheming to blast the village into a quarry. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 22 July 2019 But no genre of Trump story is more reliably sir-heavy than his collection of suspiciously similar tales about macho men breaking into tears of gratitude in his presence. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Analysis: The word ‘sir’ is a telltale sign Trump is being dishonest," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And vulnerable, with real feelings, rather than being this macho, trying-to-be-tough guy. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Brad Pitt: In a post-#MeToo world, men can be ‘vulnerable and own their ‘flaws’," 30 July 2019 Who would have ever thought that NASCAR — the ultimate macho-man sports — would defer to women’s soccer? Mike Bianchi,, "Coke Zero Sugar 400 shows NASCAR, NBC don’t know when to come in out of the rain | Commentary," 7 July 2019 The restaurant’s standout items are traditional Bolivian dishes, like the pique a la macho, an entree of steak strips sauteed with red onion, peppers and spices. Leeanne Griffin,, "La Familia Brings Authentic Bolivian Food To Canton," 25 June 2018 Eat WellBig Ben Huanchaco has fantastic seafood (stewed crabs, pescado a lo macho), with an unbeatable view of the bay. Catherine Elton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Your Next Surf Spot Should Be Peru," 16 Oct. 2018 Why Verge readers might care: Justice League was the most promising of the DC movies to date, and Momoa’s Aquaman, with his rough, smirking humor and outsized version of macho, was a major part of that. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018 With the addition of La Familia in Canton, Connecticut now has its own dedicated spot for specialties like salteñas, pique a lo macho and sopa de mani. Leeanne Griffin,, "La Familia Brings Authentic Bolivian Food To Canton," 25 June 2018 Some were placing their bets on Joe Biden And others backed Donald Trump This macho sparring has cropped up before. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Why Twitter spat between Donald Trump and Joe Biden might hurt anti-bullying efforts," 22 Mar. 2018 In the office, only his perceptive assistant, Mary Johnson, sees beneath his macho-man swagger. John Von Rhein,, "A gay love affair in '50s D.C. plays out to touching effect in 'Fellow Travelers'," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of macho


1928, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for macho


Spanish, literally, male, from Latin masculus — more at masculine

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The first known use of macho was in 1928

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English Language Learners Definition of macho

often disapproving : having or showing qualities (such as very noticeable strength and aggression) that agree with traditional ideas about what men are like : manly or masculine in a very noticeable or exaggerated way

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