• synonyms


See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural che·cha·kos.
  1. (in the Pacific Northwest) cheechako.
Show More


or che·cha·ko, chee·cha·co

noun, plural chee·cha·kos. (sometimes initial capital letter) Informal. (in Alaska and Northern Canada)
  1. a tenderfoot; greenhorn; newcomer.
Show More

Origin of cheechako

1895–1900; < Chinook Jargon; chee just now, new < Lower Chinook čxi straightway + chako come < Nootka čokw come! (imperative particle)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for chechako

Historical Examples

  • "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.


    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