Definition of macher in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmäKHər/ /ˈmɑxər/


  • 1US informal A person who gets things done.

    • ‘Now, all sorts of entities and non-entities can reveal to mass audiences the agendas of these media machers.’
    • ‘But media machers would have a far stronger case for complaint about the role Hollywood plays in our politics if the very same media outlets weren't begging for each star's latest pronouncement.’
    • ‘The real macher in the conflagration over forest fires is Mark Rey, the Agriculture Department undersecretary.’
    • ‘Almost six months ago, foreign-policy macher Perle vowed to sue him for writing an unflattering feature about him in The New Yorker.’
    • ‘The company was and is run by moguls, people who want to make deals and who aspire to be machers.’
    magnate, tycoon, VIP, notable, notability, personage, baron, captain, king, lord, grandee, mandarin, nabob
    1. 1.1derogatory An overbearing person.
      • ‘Nothing, it seems, can stop a striving little macher like Ratner from running.’
      • ‘After Star Wars, Hollywood's machers more or less cut off the capital spigot to truly visionary filmmakers, opting instead to turn out schlockbuster after schlockbuster.’
      celebrity, famous person, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, mogul, giant, great, master, king, guru


1930s from Yiddish makher, from Middle High German Macher ‘doer, active person’.