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Choctaw

[chok-taw]
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noun, plural Choc·taws, (especially collectively) Choc·taw for 1.
  1. a member of a large Muskhogean tribe of North American Indians, formerly living chiefly in southern Mississippi, now in Oklahoma.
  2. the language of the Choctaw, closely related to Chickasaw.
  3. something unintelligible, as speech, illegible handwriting, or an ineffectual explanation; gibberish: My best efforts at clarity were Choctaw to him.
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Historical Examples

  • But in the Choctaw language, syllables often end with consonants.

    History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians

    George Mogridge

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

    The Choctaw Freedmen

    Robert Elliott Flickinger

  • A contretemps less likely to occur at the Choctaw Chief, and there stayed they.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

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

    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)


British Dictionary definitions for choctaw

choctaw

noun
  1. skating a turn from the inside edge of one skate to the outside edge of the other or vice versa
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Word Origin

C19: after Choctaw

Choctaw

noun
  1. plural -taws or -taw a member of a Native American people of Alabama
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Muskogean family
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Word Origin

C18: from Choctaw Chahta
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Word Origin and History for choctaw

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).

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