ma·​cho | \ ˈmä-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce macho (audio) \

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

Antonyms: Noun

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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: Adjective There is such a stumblebum charm in macho self-regard! Helen Shaw, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 Even songs about their own players reflect the macho culture around England fans. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 Waller’s reluctant charges are left under the stewardship of Col. Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), who engages in a lot of macho posturing with Deadshot. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 We're supposed to be big and strong and macho, not somebody who struggles with their emotions. Vanessa Etienne,, 28 July 2021 Those were just some of the tough-guy, faux-macho names adopted by 16 members of White Supremacist group Unforgiven. Lisa J. Huriash,, 20 July 2021 The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program features a terrific ensemble cast and wonderful cinematography. Ben Flanagan |, al, 3 July 2021 Wearing a mask and getting vaccinated was not macho. John Freivalds, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 There were arresting quieter passages, but too often this macho-man Liszt seemed more about notes and noise than music. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 27 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a country where passionate rhetoric and macho strutting led to ruin, her analytical detachment and lack of apparent ego are political strengths. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 In the politics of macho, Schröder and Fischer—working-class street fighters who loved political argument and expensive wine, with seven ex-wives between them—were preëminent. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 In a country where passionate rhetoric and macho strutting led to ruin, her analytical detachment and lack of apparent ego are political strengths. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 Is this what passes for macho among his supporters? Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2020 The question is not easily solved in a sport that has long been politicized, that prizes its image as a haven for the macho and that, at the top ranks of the college game, lacks centralized governance. Alan Blinder, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2020 The marines’ publicity bureau, established before the first world war, carefully cultivated an image of an elite force with a macho, Spartan streak. The Economist, 31 Mar. 2020 This latest film, which opens areawide on Christmas Day, has him as a super macho, super suave, super spy who becomes ... a pigeon. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, 16 Dec. 2019 Patient, steadfast Inti, round faced and dimple cheeked, rebuke to the macho South American stereotype. Mathina Calliope, Longreads, 3 Dec. 2019

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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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1 Sep 2021

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“Macho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of macho

: 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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