DEFINITION of 'Honcho'

Slang term describing the leader, manager, chief or person in charge of an organization or a project. The CEO of a company could be referred to as the honcho or "head honcho." This is a person who is or acts like a leader. A person acting as a honcho is referred to as "honchoing" or directing and managing a project or an organization. For example, "She was honchoing the project and the team."


This is a person who organizes, supervises or otherwise exercises control over workers. A honcho is considered the most important person in an organizational unit as a supervisor, someone in charge or someone who has direction.

Also referred to as a boss, big shot or hot shot, tycoon, principal, chieftain, head, headman, top dog, king.