cheechako

or che·cha·ko, chee·cha·co

[chee-chah-koh]
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noun, plural chee·cha·kos. (sometimes initial capital letter) Informal. (in Alaska and Northern Canada)

a tenderfoot; greenhorn; newcomer.

Nearby words

  1. cheddar,
  2. cheddar pink,
  3. cheddite,
  4. cheder,
  5. chee-chee,
  6. cheek,
  7. cheek by jowl,
  8. cheek muscle,
  9. cheek pouch,
  10. cheek strap

Origin of cheechako

1895–1900; < Chinook Jargon; chee just now, new < Lower Chinook čxi straightway + chako come < Nootka čokw come! (imperative particle)

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Examples from the Web for cheechako

  • The anxious Cheechako had vanished from the scene, and the victorious miner masqueraded in his place.

    The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
  • At Bennett the two great Cheechako armies converged, and there must have been thirty thousand people camped round the lake.

    The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
  • Before us and behind us the great Cheechako army laboured along with infinite travail.

    The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
  • No one but an arrant, thoughtless, selfish Cheechako will use a live growing tree against which to build a fire.