Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized or motivated by machismo: "He was a mindless activist, a war lover, who found macho relish in danger and felt driven to prove manhood by confrontation” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
  • n. Machismo.
  • n. A person characterized by or exhibiting machismo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. tending to display manly characteristics, such as domineering, fierceness, bravado, etc., in ways that are showily and histrionically tough
  • n. A macho person; a person who tends to display manly characteristics, such as domineering, fierceness, and bravado.
  • n. The striped mullet of California (Mugil cephalus, / Mexicanus).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Manly, especially with an assertive and domineering manner toward women.
  • n. The striped mullet of California (Mugil cephalus, syn. Mugil Mexicanus).
  • n. A form of dark matter in distant outer space unobservable except by its gravitational effect, and believed to be at least part of the “missing matter” which is unobservable as ordinary stars, but helps keep galaxies from flying apart; MACHOS are massive but compact objects such as neutron stars or brown dwarfs, which can be detected (with difficulty) by their effect in bending light from distant light sources, such as other galaxies. This can occur if by rare chance a MACHO passes in front of a more distant visible object, and the light from that object becomes temporarily amplified by the MACHO acting as a gravitational lens. Some MACHOs have been discovered in the halo of dark matter that surrounds our milky way. It is, however, questionable whether the amount of such matter is sufficient to explain the ability of galaxies to stay together in spite of rotation rates that would cause them to fly apart if the only matter present was that observable as visible stars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish, Mugil carema, of the mullet family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male exhibiting or characterized by machismo
  • adj. used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner

Etymologies

Spanish, male, from Latin masculus; see masculine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish macho ("male"), from Latin masculus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My understanding of the meaning of the Spanish word macho in México is that it is generally a demeaning term, probably very close to the meaning of the word “chauvinist” in English.

    Gay marriage in M�xico City

  • How much of this "extreme" is either publicity or plain macho posturing?

    Enough with the "Extreme" Fishing Already!

  • "Girl Power" and participation in macho recreation: The case of female Harley riders.

    Why I Hate the Booth Babe Story, a Guest Editorial by Holly A.

  • (The lack of Hollywood macho is really a huge advantage.)

    Film

  • Ernest Hemingway Getty Images He is often described as macho in personality as well as prose, thanks in part to his spare writing style and love of big-game hunting and bullfighting.

    Why Women Don't Want Macho Men

  • Not only was this article comical in itself ( "Ernest Hemingway: He is often described as macho in personality as well as prose, thanks in part to his spare writing style and love of big-game hunting and bullfighting"), it also provoked an Internet uproar when it developed that one of its girly-man photos depicted Arthur Sulzberger.

    The New York Observer -

  • To fully explain the cultural content and role of the Spanish term macho (mah-choh) requires several hundred words.

    Japundit - Published news

  • [I never use the word macho any more, because the English-speaking world has adopted it and ruined its noble connotations.]

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 1

  • To sacrifice this element in the name of a superficial - it's tempting to say 'macho' - myth of what 'professional' means is to buy into some of the most depressing features of the modern health care world, and to challenge that radical conviction at the centre of it all, that health care is the care of persons, not biological systems alone.

    Nursing, Dignity and Florence Nightingale - Sermon at Westminster Abbey

  • What if all those so called macho guys who came to watch the show had united and stood against those 40 or so ram sena goondas.

    rediff.com

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