Pachuco definition

pə-cho͝okō
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A Mexican-American youth or teenager, especially one who dresses in flamboyant clothes and belongs to a neighborhood gang.
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A young Mexican American man, esp. one belonging to a neighborhood gang or in trouble with the law.
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A Mexican American.
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A Mexican-American, especially a juvenile delinquent in the Los Angeles area.

1998. They asked him if he was a pachuco. He said all the pachucos he knew of lived in El Paso. He told em he didn't know any Mexican pachucos. "” Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the Plain.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pachuco
Plural:
pachucos

Origin of pachuco

  • American Spanish person from El Paso, pachuco possibly alteration of payuco yokel from Spanish payo peasant perhaps from Gallego Payo Pelagius (considered a typical peasant name)

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

  • Spanish pachuco

    From Wiktionary