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

  • n. A strong or exaggerated sense of masculinity stressing attributes such as physical courage, virility, domination of women, and aggressiveness.
  • n. An exaggerated sense of strength or toughness: "People prefer raw-milk cheese for its subtlety and depth of flavor, not out of some kind of foodie machismo” ( Corby Kummer).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. exaggerated masculinity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong, and by some considered exaggerated, sense of manly pride, associated with an attitude that the proper expression of masculinity includes virility, courage, and an entitlement to dominate, especially over women.
  • n. An exaggerated sense of power entitling one to dominate others.

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

  • n. exaggerated masculinity


Spanish, from macho, male; see macho.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1940, from American Spanish machismo, from Spanish macho ("male"), + suffix -ismo ("-ism"). (Wiktionary)



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