skookum

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈskuːkəm/
  • Hyphenation: skoo‧kum

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1825–35. From Chinook Jargon, from Lower Chehalis.[1]

Adjective[edit]

skookum (comparative more skookum, superlative most skookum)

  1. (chiefly British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest US) Excellent, impressive.
  2. (chiefly British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest US) big, strong, durable, reliable, trustworthy, doughty

Noun[edit]

skookum (plural skookums)

  1. (chiefly among Northwest Coast Aboriginal people) An evil spirit or woodland monster/giant
  2. a type of doll based on the mythical woodland monster

References[edit]

  1. ^ skookum” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.