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.
Informal: Offensive. something unintelligible, as speech, illegible handwriting, or an ineffectual explanation; gibberish: My best efforts at clarity were Choctaw to him.: See also Greek (def. 6).
choctaw, Figure Skating. a type of turn that changes the skater’s orientation in either direction, from skating forward to backward or backward to forward, with a change of foot from right to left or left to right, and a change of edge from outside to inside or inside to outside: The quickstep compulsory dance requires a choctaw from the forward outside edge of the skating foot to the backward inside edge of the other foot.
of or relating to the Choctaw or their language.
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How to use Choctaw in a sentence
The first playmates of our infancy were the young Choctaw boys of the then woods of Warren county.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
They participate equally in the advantages of the Choctaw academy, and have had many of their youth educated at that institution.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
Eagle Dance, Choctaw—Holding the eagles tail in the hand, and bodies painted white.
At length six hundred Choctaw warriors arrived, and the army resumed its march.The Indian: On the Battle-Field and in the Wigwam | John Frost
Every one knows who his mother, in our sense, is: the Choctaw term denotes a tribal status.The Secret of the Totem | Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for choctaw (1 of 2)
skating a turn from the inside edge of one skate to the outside edge of the other or vice versa
British Dictionary definitions for Choctaw (2 of 2)
plural -taws or -taw a member of a Native American people of Alabama
the language of this people, belonging to the Muskogean family
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