[skoo-kuh m]

adjective Northwest U.S., Canada.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Canadian strong or brave

Word Origin for skookum

C19: from Chinook Jargon
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