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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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  • No one but an arrant, thoughtless, selfish cheechako will use a live growing tree against which to build a fire.

  • Before us and behind us the great cheechako army laboured along with infinite travail.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • At Bennett the two great cheechako armies converged, and there must have been thirty thousand people camped round the lake.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The anxious cheechako had vanished from the scene, and the victorious miner masqueraded in his place.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
Slang definitions & phrases for cheechako



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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