- a large, heavy-bladed knife used for cutting down sugar cane, dense underbrush, etc., esp. in Central and South America
- a small Pacific tenpounder fish (Elops affinis) sometimes found in fresh waters
Origin of macheteSpanish from macho, hammer, ax from Classical Latin marculus, diminutive of marcus, hammer
A large heavy knife with a broad blade, used as a weapon and an implement for cutting vegetation.
transitive verbma·chet·ed, ma·chet·e·ing, ma·chet·es
- To cut with a machete: macheted the undergrowth.
- To attack, wound, or kill with a machete.
Origin of macheteSpanish diminutive of macho sledge hammer alteration of mazo club probably from maza mallet from Vulgar Latin mattea mace ; see mace 1.
(third-person singular simple present machetes, present participle macheting, simple past and past participle macheted)
- To cut or chop with a machete.
- After some hours of intense work, we had macheted a path through the jungle to the bank of the river.
- To hack or chop crudely with a blade other than a machete.
- You can't just machete about with a rapier and expect to succeed; you need to thrust properly.