- large; powerful; impressive.
- excellent; first-rate.
Origin of skookum
1825–35, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon: strong, powerful < Lower Chehalis (Salishan language of the Washington coast) skwəkwə́m ghost, spirit, monster (hence, apparently “fearsome” > “powerful” in Chinook Jargon)
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Examples from the Web for skookum
All skookum, Phil, answered Jack, as he locked and bolted the door.An Oregon Girl
Alfred Ernest Rice
We will go to the Skookum Chuck only to find that its waters have disappeared.'
In the 'Skookum Chuck' we have a remedy for all our ailments.
In the morning the feet were washed with Skookum chuck soap.
Skookum was a plucky fighter, but plainly he was nearly sick of it.Rolf In The Woods
Ernest Thompson Seton
- Canadian strong or brave
C19: from Chinook Jargon
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