macher

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See also: mâcher and Macher

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish מאַכער(makher, influential person, literally one who makes) from מאַכן(makhn, to make). Cognate, naturally, to English maker and German Macher.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɑ.xɛɹ/
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Noun[edit]

macher (plural machers)

  1. (US, informal) An important person, often in the negative sense of self-important; a bigwig.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:important person
    • 2005 October 20, August Kleinzahler, “A Valentine’s: Regarding the Impractibility of Our Love”, in London Review of Books, volume 27, number 20, page 6:
      An ordinary man doesn’t jump the Snake River Canyon / with nothing underneath his ass / but a two-wheeled, fin-stabilised X-1 Skycycle / and a seven-figure guarantee from some macher in LA.
    • 2007, Woody Allen, in, “Calisthenics, Poison Ivy, Final Cut”, in Mere Anarchy:
      Finally, Mr. Wall Street macher, there's our own Abe Silverfish, a man who has editing awards from prestige film festivals in Tanganyika and Bali.
    • 2022 February 10, Mike Hale, “‘Inventing Anna’ Review: The SoHo Scammer, Explained at Length”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      The meaty and more familiar parts of Anna’s story — passing as a German heiress, ripping off tony hotels, brazenly exploiting narcissistic machers and star-struck working women — are told in flashback as Vivian reports her article.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

macher

  1. Alternative form of maser

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Macher.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈma.xɛr/
  • Rhymes: -axɛr
  • Syllabification: ma‧cher

Noun[edit]

macher m pers (feminine macherka)

  1. (colloquial) expert, specialist
    Synonyms: fachowiec, majster, fachura, specjalista
  2. (colloquial) fraudster, trickster, swindler
    Synonyms: oszust, kanciarz, szachraj

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Further reading[edit]

  • macher in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • macher in Polish dictionaries at PWN