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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [puh-choo-koh; Spanish pah-choo-kaw]
    • /pəˈtʃu koʊ; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔ/
    • /patʃˈuːkəʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [puh-choo-koh; Spanish pah-choo-kaw]
    • /pəˈtʃu koʊ; Spanish pɑˈtʃu kɔ/

Definitions of pachuco word

  • noun plural pachuco (especially among Mexican-Americans) a teenage youth who belongs to a street gang known for its flamboyant style. 1
  • noun pachuco a young Mexican living in the US, esp one of low social status who belongs to a street gang 0
  • noun pachuco a young Mexican-American man, esp. one belonging to a neighborhood gang or in trouble with the law 0
  • noun pachuco a Mexican-American 0

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Origin of pachuco

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
1940-45; < American Spanish (U.S. Southwest), Mexican Spanish: probably originally a resident of El Paso, equivalent to (El) Pas(o) + -uco pejorative noun suffix, with expressive replacement of s by ch; compare Mexican Spanish pachuco worthless card hand, derivative of paso pass

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pachuco popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

pachuco usage trend in Literature

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