pachuco

pachuco

[puh-choo-koh; Spanish pah-choo-kaw]
noun, plural pachucos [puh-choo-kohz; Spanish pah-choo-kaws] .
(especially among Mexican-Americans) a teenage youth who belongs to a street gang known for its flamboyant style.

Origin:
1940–45; < American Spanish (U.S. Southwest), Mexican Spanish: probably originally a resident of El Paso, equivalent to (El) Pas(o) + -uco pejorative noun suffix, with expressive replacement of s by ch; compare Mexican Spanish pachuco worthless card hand, derivative of paso pass

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Pachuco (pəˈtʃuːkəʊ)
 
n , pl -cos
(US) a young Mexican living in the US, esp one of low social status who belongs to a street gang
 
[C20: from Mexican Spanish]

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