Main meanings of macho in English

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Pronunciation /ˈmatʃəʊ/

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adjective

  • Masculine in an overly assertive or aggressive way.

    ‘the big macho tough guy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 would like to find a guy who can handle that, but am also not looking for an overly macho type.’
    • ‘I glanced at the security men, rent-a cops by their overly macho manner and cheap badges, and faced Paul.’
    • ‘You always hear the stories of people that say, I'm macho and tough enough, I'm going to ride this thing out.’
    • ‘I can say so many tough and macho things but when I actually settle down there, it's an entirely different story.’
    • ‘The Dodge is the closest to the Titan in terms of macho styling and tough attitude.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But underneath that tough, macho veneer lies a tanned and buffed pretty boy with the vocabulary of a 12-year-old.’
    • ‘It looks sporty, but with an unusually rigid, tough, macho appearance.’
    • ‘In the tough, macho arena of rock climbing, one woman has beaten the boys at their own game.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘People (who I'm guessing are macho guys) are revving their cars up & down the streets outside.’
    • ‘I'm not one of those macho guys who think men can't cry.’
    • ‘Thus although young black men form rival gangs which have to be fought, their tough macho masculinity wins them respect from their white counterparts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because they pretend, I think, to be macho guys, but you see what sentimentalists they really are.’
    • ‘There were effeminate guys who were looking for more macho guys.’
    male, aggressively male, masculine, unpleasantly masculine
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nounmachos

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

    ‘I realized just what a macho I was at heart’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘For death - with which they all flirted, the matadors, the duelling machos, the fortune tellers - is now getting down to business.’
    • ‘What will become of the little machos who already play the Pascha in kindergarten and grade school?’
    • ‘As his hundreds of adventures with army recruits and other machos demonstrates, homosexual activity flourished, even among men who identified themselves as heterosexual.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You see; his friends, as well as he, had always been machos and anti-feminist.’
    • ‘Chalino's reputation as a valiente, a brave macho, was bolstered by the incident.’
    • ‘Zack / Pollock is a Hemingway-hero of a painter, a boorish macho with an elemental connection to his medium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conversely, to be in a relationship with a passionate and self-assured Latino doesn't imply subservience to the dominant macho.’
    • ‘And finally, turning personal, how does this macho describe himself as an individual, apart from being body builder?’
    red-blooded male, macho man, muscleman
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    1. 1.1mass noun Machismo.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Pride and passion, macho and vulnerability, competitiveness and exhaustion all intermingle on the stage.’
      • ‘Fragile and very limited democracy wants to pass for macho.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The prestige of white macho has definitely taken a hit, and the resulting sense of loss moves many issues.’
      • ‘I think what the subject needs is a little constructive macho.’
      • ‘As the predators represent the pinnacle of macho, this still shows that she is subservient to the male symbolism.’
      • ‘When it comes to macho, Bruno says there is only so much of that you can take.’
      • ‘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.’
      masculinity, aggressive masculinity, machismo, toughness, toxic masculinity, chauvinism, male chauvinism, sexism, laddishness
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Origin

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

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noun

Astronomy
  • A relatively dark, dense object, such as a brown dwarf, a low-mass star, or a black hole, of a kind believed to occur in a halo around a galaxy and to contain a significant proportion of the galaxy's mass.

Origin

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