pachuco

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Etymology[edit]

Spanish pachuco

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pəˈt͡ʃuːkəʊ/

Noun[edit]

pachuco (plural pachucos)

  1. A Mexican-American, especially a juvenile delinquent in the Los Angeles area.
    • 1998, Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the Plain
      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.
  2. An argot spoken by that group, sometimes known as caló.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain etymology. Hypotheses include:

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pachuco (feminine singular pachucha, masculine plural pachucos, feminine plural pachuchas)

  1. (Mexico) flashy, flashily dressed
  2. (Costa Rica) slang (often considered low-class)

Noun[edit]

pachuco m (plural pachucos, feminine pachuca)

  1. (Costa Rica) uneducated person from the city who uses city slang