Definitions

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

  • n. A Mexican-American youth or teenager, especially one who dresses in flamboyant clothes and belongs to a neighborhood gang.

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  • n. A Mexican-American, especially a juvenile delinquent in the Los Angeles area.

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

  • n. a Mexican-American teenager who belongs to a neighborhood gang and who dresses in showy clothes

Etymologies

American Spanish, possibly alteration of payuco, yokel, from payo, rustic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish pachuco (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I appreciated your explanation of the word pachuco to Still Terrified in East LA, noting that it is derived from our reference to our beloved city of El Paso.

    Houston Press | Complete Issue

  • (Let's go to El Paso), "and correctly so on your part, the word pachuco was born.

    Houston Press | Complete Issue

  • Subsequently, newspapers dropped the word "Mexican" from their reports, and substituted, instead, the term pachuco or zoot suiter.

    Luis Valdez

  • Bracero and pachuco, I know were actual terms used at the time and not necessarily full-on racial slurs though obviously used so by whatever pus-filled nutsack of a racist, sexist lunatic wrote this mess.

    They Were Different Back in 1954

  • If the governor had the power simply to round up every pachuco in the state and put them in camps, like Roosevelt has done with the Japanese, I think Olson would exercise the right in a heartbeat.

    Masked

  • Too, I was all too quick to assume that a pachuco in a zoot suit was naturally guilty of any accusation.

    Masked

  • The Murga are dressed in the pachuco Zuit Suits of 1940s east Los Angeles.

    Lessons on Joy from Carnival

  • He definitely speaks better than any other pachuco/a on that city council.

    Cindy to Run for CD7

  • More pachuco than (insert your choice of expletive here). thfarrell

    question about vulgar language

  • A pachuco by the stage kept a refrain up: "Baby, are they real?"

    Hollywood Nocturne

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