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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a macho image (=sb’s image as a man who is strong and tough)
▪ He was keen to project a macho image in this film.
▪ He's a big gun, a macho man in the world of the otaku.
▪ More importantly, this imagery affects the demeanour of these macho men when dealing with the public.
▪ All the guys that go to the gym are being macho and showing off.
▪ He's far too macho to drink mineral water.
▪ On the outside he may seem to be very macho but inside he's very sensitive.
▪ Always in their macho combat boots.
▪ I think many of the worst aspects of rock have now resurfaced in rave: the macho, aggressive energy.
▪ Rather than defending society, the young men attack it and exalt macho foreign potentates and desperadoes.
▪ Ro, hiding among my plants, holds himself in a way that seems both too effeminate and too macho.
▪ The macho male, the business man, the romantic.
▪ The macho merchants among you could try braving the green blob, numerous wires and broken records that occupy the alternative route.
▪ The same macho attitudes have an effect on their family life.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

macho \ma"cho\, a. [Sp.] Manly, especially with an assertive and domineering manner toward women.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. (context informal English) tending to display masculine characteristics, such as domineering, fierceness, bravado, etc., in ways that are showy and histrionic tough n. 1 A macho person; a person who tends to display masculine characteristics, such as domineering, fierceness, and bravado. 2 The striped mullet of California ((taxlink Mugil cephalus species noshow=1), / (taxlink Mugil mexicanus species noshow=1)). 3 A male llama.


adj. used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner [syn: butch]

Macho (disambiguation)

Macho typically refers to machismo. Other uses include:

Macho (band)

Macho was an Italian-American disco/ R&B studio group. The Guadeloupe born French-Italian businessman Jacques Fred Petrus and Italian musician Mauro Malavasi, formed a joint production company, called Goody Music Production (GMP), in the mid-1970s. Their first project, in 1978, was called Macho, featuring Italian Marzio Vincenti as lead singer. Their only album was composed of three extended tracks. The band's sole chart success in the United States was an almost 18-minute-long disco cover version of the Spencer Davis Group's 1967 hit " I'm a Man", which was written by Steve Winwood. The track reached the Top 10 in the Billboard magazine's Dance chart in October 1978. An edited seven-minute version was also released.

in 1980 they released the album, Macho II - Roll, composed, arranged and conducted by Celso Valli, produced by Jacques Fred Petrus with all songs played by The Goody Music Orchestra. All vocals were recorded and mixed at the Power Station Studios in New York, except for the song "Mothers Love - Mama Mia", which was recorded and mixed at the Media Sound Studios.

Macho (album)

Macho is an album by Hungarian guitarist Gábor Szabó featuring performances recorded in 1975 and released on the Salvation label.

Macho (surname)

Macho is the surname of:

  • Fidel Uriarte Macho (born 1945), Spanish retired footballer
  • José Cos y Macho (1838-1919), Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop
  • Jürgen Macho (born 1977), Austrian footballer
  • Michal Macho (born 1982), Slovak ice hockey player
  • Palo Macho (born 1965), Slovak painter
  • Victorio Macho (1887–1966), Spanish sculptor

Usage examples of "macho".

Island was the haix-and-nails crowd, chaperones, and icky boys with all their macho strutting and unbuttoned shirts and hairy chests with gold chains and teensy gold crucifixes.

But back on the Island, he struts and turns macho, needling us with the unfair advantage being male here gives him.

Male loyalty is what keeps the macho system going, so Mundin will want to protect Manuel.

He was only noddingly acquainted with Macho society, but already he did not like it.

The farmers of Macho were very conscious of the welfare of their crops!

Probably she had been able to retain none of the Planet Macho experiences with him, but knew he had been summoned here, so could interpolate.

Perhaps a mutant, freed by its Macho owner when it grew too large or vicious.

But he also wondered: Was she doing this because, at heart, she did not really believe she would ever escape Planet Macho and rejoin her husband?

Sure enough, it was a hound cat, the common local guard pet, a pleasing cross between canine and feline that suited the Macho mode.

Suddenly the despised vermin of Planet Macho were rebelling against their inferior status.

It was in her subconscious memory, available to our drug interrogation at the Macho station because she was not aware of its significance.

Piebald did have a lobo wife, that she resided in another villa on Planet Macho, and that her name was Hulda.

She fed the images to Knot on a continuous basis, so that their minds merged as they had while they fought the rats of the Macho power plant.

York succeeded where he failed, and his macho male ego has been damaged.

He despised the way Americans felt the need to attach silly macho schoolboy nicknames to their leaders.