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Having or presenting an image or manner of masculine bravado and virility. It's no wonder there's so many mental health issues for men when we are expected to be macho all the time and repress any and all emotional vulnerability. For looking like such a macho car, it's got a pretty wimpy engine inside.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. mod. masculine; virile. (From Spanish. Used as a derogation by feminists.) Does the world really need one more macho man?
2. n. a masculine or virile male. He’s such a macho. He even chews tobacco.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Also macho man. Characterized by exaggerated masculine traits. The term comes from the Spanish macho for male, used as either adjective or noun, and was first recorded in English in the late 1920s. Both it and macho man, dating from the later 1900s, are often used in a derogatory way.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer