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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Definitions for skookum

  1. Northwest U.S., Canada. excellent; first-rate.
  2. Northwest U.S., Canada. large; powerful; impressive.

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Citations for skookum
He'd have made two of Ed there, and he was a skookum man, but I whopped him some. Louis L'Amour, "What Gold Does to a Man," Buckskin Run, 1981
Nobody comes along and says, "Me, I'm glad. I gotta wife and kids. I'm a skookum feller. I got no trouble. I'm glad." Nobody talks like that, eh? Harry E. Taylor, "Eyes Can Be Inside Too," The Rotarian, February, 1945
Origin of skookum
Lower Chehalis
1825-1835
Skookum is of Chinook origin. It entered English in the mid-1800s meaning "evil spirit."