macaco

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /məˈkeɪkəʊ/, /məˈkɑːkoʊ/

Etymology 1[edit]

From Portuguese macaco (monkey). Compare macaque.

Noun[edit]

macaco (plural macacos or macacoes)

  1. A macaque, or similar monkey.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French mococo, probably ultimately from Malagasy maka, maki (lemur).

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

macaco (plural macacos or macacoes)

  1. (obsolete) Any of several species of lemurs.

Anagrams[edit]


Italian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese macaco, possibly from a Bantu language.

Noun[edit]

macaco m (plural macachi)

  1. macaque
  2. fool, dunce

Mirandese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

macaco (plural macacos)

  1. monkey
  2. a person that imitates others
  3. a treacherous, deceitful person

References[edit]

  • “macaco” in Amadeu Ferreira, José Pedro Cardona Ferreira, Dicionário Mirandês-Português, 1st edition, 2004.

Portuguese[edit]

Macaco

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Thought to have been borrowed from a Bantu language. Bantu maka, "cat", comes from -mañga (an old East African Bantu word for the sea-coast, often applied to any strange or foreign product). But it seems unlikely that the Bantu would have used such a word to denote familiar animals like apes and monkeys. However, none of the many Bantu words for apes and monkeys resembles "macaco".[1] Other suggested derivations include:

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

macaco m (plural macacos, feminine macaca, feminine plural macacas)

  1. monkey; ape
    Synonyms: símio, mono
  2. mechanical jack
  3. (ethnic slur) coon; porch monkey (derogatory term for a person of Sub-Saharan African ancestry)
  4. (derogatory) ape; savage (an uncivilised or unruly person)
    Synonyms: bárbaro, selvagem
  5. (derogatory) monster; freak (a hideous person)
    Synonyms: monstro, aberração, monstrengo

Usage notes[edit]

A distinction is not commonly made between apes and monkeys in Portuguese. Where it is, mono is used for apes and macaco for middle-sized simians.

A more common distinction is made between macacos and micos (small, long-tailed simians).

When used as a ethnic slur directed to black people, it has a strong negative connotation comparable to the English word nigger.

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: macaque, macaco
  • Spanish: macaco

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harry Johnston (1922) A Comparative Study of the Bantu and Semi-Bantu Languages[1], volume 2, pages 245-246
  2. ^ 1955, Antenor Nascentes, Dicionário etimológico da língua portuguesa, 2nd print

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese macaco, possibly from a Bantu language.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /maˈkako/, [maˈka.ko]

Noun[edit]

macaco m (plural macacos)

  1. macaque
  2. hobgoblin, bogeyman
  3. (South America, derogatory) Brazilian
    Synonyms: brasileño, (colloquial) brasilero
  4. (Louisiana) monkey
    Synonyms: mono, chango, maimón, mico, simio

Adjective[edit]

macaco (feminine macaca, masculine plural macacos, feminine plural macacas)

  1. (slang) ugly, misshapen, deformed, squat