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having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious, or dominating way.
having a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate.
Also, machoism. assertive or aggressive manliness; .
an assertively virile, dominating, or domineering male.
Contemporary Examples

Feminine Version of macho Swagger “The bully I fear the most … is me.”
Five Girl-Power Books Exactly Like Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ Sean Macaulay March 28, 2013

The macho guys could lug up buckets of water, which are sorely needed to flush toilets.
Make the New York City Marathon a Help-a-Thon Michael Daly November 2, 2012

“A lot of macho guys did think of me as a girl,” he says of his high school years.
Andrej Pejic, Fashion’s New Gender Bender Isabel Wilkinson January 8, 2011

Rather, what they watch is two macho gay guys getting it on, on the hood of a car.
An Indie Hit’s Sex Message Jacob Bernstein July 17, 2010

It seemed that I, a staunch feminist, had found myself in the epicenter of macho culture.
The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture Eliza Krigman November 21, 2014

Behind these macho moves lie some pretty dramatic and portentous policy decisions.
Leslie H. Gelb: North Korea, U.S. Headed to Brink of War, Unnoticed Leslie H. Gelb March 31, 2012

The man in me knows how macho imaginings usually outstrip reality.
What Guns Do, and What they Don’t Megan McArdle December 9, 2012

The president’s clean-energy initiatives need a macho, hard-selling champion.
The Salesman Obama Needs Tina Brown June 26, 2010

Historical Examples

He then refastened his macho, adding for additional security a piece of whipcord, which he said rendered escape impossible.
The Bible in Spain George Borrow

He then re-fastened his macho, adding for additional security a piece of whipcord, which he said rendered escape impossible.
The Bible in Spain George Borrow

denoting or exhibiting pride in characteristics believed to be typically masculine, such as physical strength, sexual appetite, etc
noun (pl) machos
a man who displays such characteristics

1928 (n.) “tough guy,” from Spanish macho “male animal,” noun use of adjective meaning “masculine, virile,” from Latin masculus (see masculine). As an adjective, first attested in English 1959.
Short for massive astrophysical compact halo object.Any of various massive dark objects, such as a brown dwarf star, black hole, or large planet, found in a galactic halo. MACHOs are thought to make up at least a part of the dark matter that apparently pervades much of the universe.
macho [(mah-choh)]

The often exaggerated, aggressive virility of a male: “Jim likes to wear a torn T-shirt and a black leather jacket when he rides his motorcycle. I guess he thinks it makes him look macho.” The original Spanish word means “male.”


: a typical macho Mailerism/ list of macho jobs as long as a master sergeant’s sleeve of hash marks


An aggressively masculine man; he-man
Aggressive maleness; machismo: It was not just a question of executive macho

[1970s+; fr Spanish]
massive astrophysical compact halo object


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