overly assertive or exaggerated masculinity, esp. as characterized by a show of virility, domination of women, etc.
Origin of machismoSpanish from macho (see macho) + -ismo, -ism
- A strong or exaggerated sense of traditional masculinity placing great value on physical courage, virility, domination of women, and aggressiveness.
- An exaggerated interest or devotion to something, often accompanied by a sense of superiority: “People prefer raw-milk cheese for its subtlety and depth of flavor, not out of some kind of foodie machismo” ( Corby Kummer )
Origin of machismoSpanish from macho male ; see macho .