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skookum

[skoo-kuh m]
adjective Northwest U.S., Canada.
  1. large; powerful; impressive.
  2. excellent; first-rate.
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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)
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skookum

adjective
  1. Canadian strong or brave
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Word Origin for skookum

C19: from Chinook Jargon
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