chee·​cha·​ko chē-ˈchä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cheechako (audio)
 also  -ˈcha-
plural cheechakos
: tenderfoot sense 2
used chiefly in Alaska

Word History


Chinook Jargon, from chee new (from Lower Chinook čxi right away) + chako come, from Nootka čokʷa· come, imperative

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheechako was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Cheechako.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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