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]

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. Generally thought to have been borrowed from a language of the Congo region. Specifically, it may derive from a word containing the prefix ma- or mu-, which indicates plurality, singularity or collectivity in several Bantu languages. Other suggested derivations include:

  • from a language of Madagascar;
  • from an American language:
    • from Galibi Carib macaca (simian), though it may have been loaned into Galibi from a language of African slaves;
  • from dialectal French macao (cat; monkey; long-tailed monkey), allegedly used in Normandy and Berry.

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

macaco m (plural macacos)

  1. monkey, ape
  2. mechanical jack
  3. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur, vulgar) black; negro (a person of Sub-Saharan African ancestry)

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: macaque, macaco
  • Spanish: macaco

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1955, Antenor Nascentes, Dicionário etimológico da língua portuguesa, 2nd print

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese macaco, possibly from a Bantu language.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

macaco m (plural macacos)

  1. macaque
  2. hobgoblin, bogeyman
  3. (South America, derogatory) Brazilian
  4. (Louisiana) monkey

Adjective[edit]

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

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