noun, plural che·cha·kos.

(in the Pacific Northwest) cheechako.


or che·cha·ko, chee·cha·co


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. 2019

Examples from the Web for chechako

Historical Examples of chechako

  • "Chechako," muttered the Indian, and passed around to the door.

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

  • The Indian regarded the sack of flour: "You chechako," he announced.


    James B. Hendryx

  • Without doubt he was, in the old phrasing of the North, a chechako.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine

  • 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