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n. pl. pa·chu·cos
1. A Mexican-American man or boy who dresses in flamboyant clothes, often one who belongs to a neighborhood gang.
2. Offensive A Mexican-American man or boy.

[American Spanish, person from El Paso, pachuco, possibly alteration of payuco, yokel, from Spanish payo, peasant, perhaps from Gallego Payo, Pelagius (considered a typical peasant name).]
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n, pl -cos
(Sociology) US a young Mexican living in the US, esp one of low social status who belongs to a street gang
[C20: from Mexican Spanish]
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An American-Spanish word meaning a youth, especially one who belongs to a street gang.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pachuco - a Mexican-American teenager who belongs to a neighborhood gang and who dresses in showy clothes
adolescent, stripling, teen, teenager - a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
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