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[chee-chah-koh] /tʃiˈtʃɑ koʊ/
noun, plural chechakos.
(in the Pacific Northwest) cheechako.


or chechako, cheechaco

[chee-chah-koh] /tʃiˈtʃɑ koʊ/
noun, plural cheechakos. (sometimes initial capital letter) Informal. (in Alaska and Northern Canada)
a tenderfoot; greenhorn; newcomer.
Origin of cheechako
1895-1900; < Chinook Jargon; chee just now, new < Lower Chinook čxi straightway + chako come < Nootka čokw come! (imperative particle) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "chechako," muttered the Indian, and passed around to the door.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • The Indian regarded the sack of flour: "You chechako," he announced.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • Without doubt he was, in the old phrasing of the North, a chechako.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • No one had bet on Smoke, who, despite his several known exploits, was still accounted a chechako with much to learn.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
Slang definitions & phrases for chechako



A newcomer; greenhorn

[1890s+; fr Chinook jargon chee chahco, ''newcomer'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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