Showing aggressive pride in one’s masculinity: the big macho tough guy
More example sentences
- Like a typical macho guy, he views his exile in Gayville not as a sign he might have some thinking to do, but as an educational experience that's made him a better lover to women.
- He behaved differently around other men in general and found himself slipping into a much more aggressive and macho posture in everyday life.
- The film also does an amiable job of revealing the ‘soul surfer’ culture behind these wave daredevils - even the overly macho dialogue seems natural in this context.
noun (plural machos)Back to top
1A man who is aggressively proud of his masculinity.
- In the rest of Mexico, coquettish gay extroverts like these would be hounded out of town by the local machos: there would be shouts of ‘putos’ or ‘jotos’ (poofs, faggots), cat-whistles, the odd missile.
- ‘The maquiladoras were fed by thousands of young women who, in exchange for a salary, were abandoning traditional roles - and the machos reacted,’ the columnist said.
- For death - with which they all flirted, the matadors, the duelling machos, the fortune tellers - is now getting down to business.
- The immense power of the trade unions was often ego and macho driven, and on many occasions that power was wielded mercilessly for short-term gain.
- Pride and passion, macho and vulnerability, competitiveness and exhaustion all intermingle on the stage.
- Fragile and very limited democracy wants to pass for macho.
1920s: Mexican Spanish, 'masculine or vigorous', from Latin masculus.
Definition of macho in:
- British & World English dictionary