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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Definitions for cheechako

  1. A tenderfoot; greenhorn; newcomer.

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Citations for cheechako
He is a genial liar, this Yukoner, and for the ordinary lies of life he needs make no effort; they roll from his lips as regularly and as smoothly as do compliments from the lips of a sour dough man in conversation with a cheechako girl. James Augustus Hall, Starving on a bed of gold: or, The world's longest fast
As a cheechako to Hawaii I wasn't sure what to expect, but right from the beginning the crafters made me feel right at home. Tanna Peters, "Craft encounters wherever you go," Capital City Weekly, July 2010
Origin of cheechako
1895-1900
Cheechako is a Chinook word which has come to mean a newcomer in a variety of settings, especially Alaska and Hawaii.