cheechako

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Chinook Jargon cheechako.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tʃiˈtʃɑ.koʊ/, /tʃiˈtʃɔ.koʊ/,[1] (Alaska, dated) /tʃiˈtʃɑ.kəɹ/, /tʃiˈtʃɔ.kəɹ/[2]

Noun[edit]

cheechako (plural cheechakos or cheechakoes)

  1. Someone new to Alaska or the Yukon; originally, a gold rush newcomer.
    • 1995, Dana Stabenow, Play with Fire, →ISBN, page 41:
      And now this blonde, from Outside no loess, the rawest of cheechakos, the most innocent of Alaskan naifs, a literal babe in the woods, had asked a few simple questions and gotten the whole story, all of it, simply and succinctly and more, gotten it without attitude or resentment.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ cheechako” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ The Alaska Almanac: facts about Alaska (Alaska Northwest Publishing, 1989), page 23

Chinook Jargon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

chee (new, lately) +‎ chako (to come, to arrive)

Noun[edit]

cheechako

  1. newcomer, stranger