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[mah-cheez-moh, -chiz-, muh-] /mɑˈtʃiz moʊ, -ˈtʃɪz-, mə-/
a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity.
a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate:
The military campaign was an exercise in national machismo.
Origin of machismo
1945-50, Americanism < Spanish see macho, -ism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for machismo
  • And dont stop there, do it to all the spineless punks who cant fight themselves,and use dogs to boost there machismo.
  • Spliced to an immature glorifying of war as some sort of machismo virtue.
  • The dunk is a declaration of power and dominance, of machismo.
  • With all that pounding over so many years, all the machismo is gone.
  • Anyone who hears that song as mere machismo misses a deeper reading of it.
  • machismo, personified in the tyrant or author, is deeply embedded in the culture.
  • They allow corporations to display technological machismo, wooing consumers to trust their cars and stereos.
  • Most disturbing today, is the machismo attached to disruptive innovation.
  • In a stunning display of amphibian machismo, tree frogs boogie before they brawl in this unprecedented video.
  • Because such a country is certain to value machismo over the nerdy qualities that actually win wars.
British Dictionary definitions for machismo


/mæˈkɪzməʊ; -ˈtʃɪz-/
exaggerated masculine pride
Word Origin
Mexican Spanish, from Spanish macho male, from Latin masculusmasculine
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Word Origin and History for machismo

1940, from American Spanish machismo, from Spanish macho "male" (see macho) + ismo (see -ism).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for machismo



Aggressive masculinity; blatant virility: machismo, a he-man complex/ with Chicago machismo, also universal adolescent horniness

[1960s+; fr Spanish]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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