- 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.
Examples from the Web for choctaw
But in the Choctaw language, syllables often end with consonants.History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians
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 drinking “saloon” of the Choctaw Chief is quite emptied of its guests.
It is my conviction that Shakespeare's sailor-talk would be Choctaw to him.What Is Man? And Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- skating a turn from the inside edge of one skate to the outside edge of the other or vice versa
- plural -taws or -taw a member of a Native American people of Alabama
- the language of this people, belonging to the Muskogean family
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).