[ chee-chah-koh ]
/ tʃiˈtʃɑ koʊ /

noun, plural che·cha·kos.

(in the Pacific Northwest) cheechako.

Definition for chechako (2 of 2)


or che·cha·ko, chee·cha·co

[ chee-chah-koh ]
/ tʃiˈtʃɑ koʊ /

noun, plural chee·cha·kos. (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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for chechako

  • No one had bet on Smoke, who, despite his several known exploits, was still accounted a chechako with much to learn.

    Smoke Bellew|Jack London
  • "Chechako," muttered the Indian, and passed around to the door.

    The Promise|James B. Hendryx
  • Without doubt he was, in the old phrasing of the North, a chechako.

    The Yukon Trail|William MacLeod Raine
  • The Indian regarded the sack of flour: "You chechako," he announced.

    Snowdrift|James B. Hendryx