Machismo meaning

mä-chēzmō
A strong or exaggerated sense of traditional masculinity placing great value on physical courage, virility, domination of women, and aggressiveness.
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An exaggerated interest or devotion to something, often accompanied by a sense of superiority.
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Overly assertive or exaggerated masculinity, esp. as characterized by a show of virility, domination of women, etc.
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Origin of machismo

  • Spanish from macho male macho

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1940, from American Spanish machismo, from Spanish macho (“male"), + suffix -ismo (“-ism").

    From Wiktionary