skookum

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

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.
    • 1991 October 16, Robert Smits, “Folk Wisdom”, in rec.motorcycles, Usenet[1], message-ID <RwDX01w164w@smits.oneb.wimsey.bc.ca>:
      The electrics were fine (amazing considering Joseph Lucas, the Prince of Darkness made 'em), although they were positive ground - admittedly not a serious problem unless you wanted to add electrical accessories - and mostly we didn't in those days unless you had a Hardly Dangerous "garbage wagon". (This was probably cuz the Harley was the only bike with a skookum enough electrical system for the load.)
    • 1999 November 30, Skeptic, “PROVE GOD EXISTS”, in alt.atheism, Usenet[2], message-ID <5pW04.12151$M%.98435@news.rdc1.wa.home.com>:
      There was a young, bold freight trainman here who tried using one of his steel-toed boots as a wheel chock. Not quite skookum enough, though. He lost a big part of his foot.
    • 2008 November 14, Brad, “winglet weight”, in rec.aviation.soaring, Usenet[3], message-ID <b29cb04f-153a-41f6-8d33-c0eefd7dcbb1@c36g2000prc.googlegroups.com>:
      I am also configuring for the 18m tip extension, so whatever I do to the winglet attach will need to be skookum enough for the extension.

Noun[edit]

skookum (plural skookums)

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ skookum” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.

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