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chechako

[chee-chah-koh]
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noun, plural che·cha·kos.
  1. (in the Pacific Northwest) cheechako.
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cheechako

or che·cha·ko, chee·cha·co

[chee-chah-koh]
noun, plural chee·cha·kos. (sometimes initial capital letter) Informal. (in Alaska and Northern Canada)
  1. a tenderfoot; greenhorn; newcomer.
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Origin of cheechako

1895–1900; < Chinook Jargon; chee just now, new < Lower Chinook čxi straightway + chako come < Nootka čokw come! (imperative particle)
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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.

    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