cheechako

noun
chee·​cha·​ko | \ chē-ˈchä-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cheechako (audio) , -ˈchȯ- also -ˈcha- \
plural cheechakos

Definition of cheechako

: tenderfoot sense 2 used chiefly in Alaska

First Known Use of cheechako

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheechako

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

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“Cheechako.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheechakos. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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