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ma·​cho ˈmä-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce macho (audio)
: characterized by machismo : aggressively virile


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plural machos
: one who exhibits machismo

Examples of macho in a Sentence

Adjective the macho world of football Noun their annual guys-only hunting trip is a celebration of macho
Recent Examples on the Web
Cowboys were not macho adventurers, but laborers: the work was long, hard, and had low pay. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 19 Nov. 2023 The macho nature of the drug trade and its surrounding culture also serves to hide women from view. Deborah Bonello, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The two leaned on their backgrounds to fight against a racist, macho world that would be better if only more mujeres had a say in it. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 His 2007 portrait of Eldridge Cleaver, modelled on James McNeill Whistler’s famous portrait of his mother, is a terrific prank: the macho activist who attacked James Baldwin for his dandyish effeminacy gets feminized. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 But the story of American Gun is also the story of the changing face of America’s fascination with guns, from the image of the skilled hunter to the macho dude whose ferocious weapon is also stunningly simple to use. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 23 Oct. 2023 Return of the Supers: See Behind the Scenes at the Making of Vogue’s September Issue By the sounds of it, the plot will be macho enough to temporarily supplant men’s fantasies about the Roman empire (at least until Paul Mescal is papped in a breastplate while shooting Gladiator II). Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2023 Another camp — call it the dissident center — has produced swaggering figures like Joe Rogan, whose version of masculinity revolves around transgressive speech and macho self-mastery through martial arts. Joseph Bernstein, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2023 But for the first time, several women spoke publicly about their experiences to the AP’s Nick Perry, describing an isolated environment and macho culture that enable rampant harassment and assault. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2023
If being a macho who loves gold accessories is suddenly a crime, the entire diaspora is in trouble. Jp Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 In the series, the Gómezes are a family of wacky and weird showbiz performers led by their clueless, macho, yet lovable patriarch, Filiberto Gómez (Derbez). Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2023 Searching for the Sky (While Maintaining Equilibrium) carries a reflection on ‘cowboy culture’ that exists across both Mexican and American borders, representative of a macho, self-aggrandizing and forceful control of nature. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 7 Mar. 2023 The reality is that American politics since Trump beat Clinton has taken a turn back to the macho. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2023 The folks at Pontiac realize this is their image leader, and they're not all convinced the T/A can lose its four-speed, big-motor macho all at once and save face with a turbocharger. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 1 May 2023 So if Comcast wants to play macho and sell a piece of Sky, Germany is clearly the one bit to think about. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2023 After ImillaSkate and D'Luna got to know each other over a hearty plate of pique macho, a friendship blossomed. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Mar. 2023 This was the life a male frog deserved: sitting in the rushes on a beautiful summer day, big and fat and macho, proclaiming his territory, his virility, his joy. Anne Fadiman, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1949, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of macho was in 1949

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“Macho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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