Meaning of pocho in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpəʊtʃəʊ/

nounplural noun pochos

informal, often derogatory
  • A US citizen of Mexican origin; a culturally Americanized Mexican.

    • ‘his mother is a pocho’
    • ‘‘Mexicans who visit the area call local Hispanics pochos, an unflattering reference to their inability to speak standard Spanish’.’
    • ‘‘People spoke to me in English,’ recalls Pinzon, ‘because they thought I was a pocho - a Mexican-American.’’


informal, often derogatory
  • Relating to US citizens of Mexican origin.

    • ‘the Mexicans are already noting figures of speech of mine that are pocho’
    • ‘There are newspapers, such as La Opinion of Los Angeles, printed in the pocho area.’


Via Mexican Spanish from Spanish, literally ‘discoloured, pale’.