noun po·chis·mo \pōˈchēz(ˌ)mō\

Definition of pochismo



  1. 1 :  a term of U.S. origin borrowed into Mexican Spanish and used along the border between the U.S. and Mexico especially by U.S.-born Mexicans not a single pochismo has added to the beauty of our Spanish language — F. G. Beraza

  2. 2 :  a vocabulary consisting of pochismos

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Origin and Etymology of pochismo

Mexican Spanish, from poche, pocho U.S. resident of Mexican origin (probably from Spanish pocho discolored) + Spanish -ismo -ism

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