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[chok-taw] /ˈtʃɒk tɔ/
noun, plural Choctaws (especially collectively) Choctaw for 1.
a member of a large Muskhogean tribe of North American Indians, formerly living chiefly in southern Mississippi, now in Oklahoma.
the language of the Choctaw, closely related to Chickasaw.
something unintelligible, as speech, illegible handwriting, or an ineffectual explanation; gibberish:
My best efforts at clarity were Choctaw to him. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Choctaw
Historical Examples
  • But in the Choctaw language, syllables often end with consonants.

  • Some of the leading pioneers of the Choctaw nation were buried here.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • The drinking “saloon” of the Choctaw Chief is quite emptied of its guests.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • A contretemps less likely to occur at the Choctaw Chief, and there stayed they.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • It is my conviction that Shakespeare's sailor-talk would be Choctaw to him.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • You see Patty knew as much about her own little heart as she did about Choctaw.

    Little Grandmother Sophie May
  • His ways remain strange to us and his language no more familiar than Choctaw.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The boy, with boys, is a Choctaw; and either the influence or the protection of women is shameful.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • Even so the Choctaw or Cherokee stimulates himself to battle-point.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • True Love is spelt just the same in Choctaw, as it is in English.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for Choctaw


(skating) a turn from the inside edge of one skate to the outside edge of the other or vice versa
Word Origin
C19: after Choctaw


(pl) -taws, -taw. a member of a Native American people of Alabama
the language of this people, belonging to the Muskogean family
Word Origin
C18: from Choctaw Chahta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Choctaw

1722, from Choctaw Chahta, of uncertain meaning, but also said to be from Spanish chato "flattened," for the tribe's custom of flattening the heads of male infants. As a figure skating step, first recorded 1892. Sometimes used in 19c. American English as typical of a difficult or incomprehensible language (cf. Greek in this sense from c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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