skookum

noun
skoo·​kum | \ ˈskükəm \
plural -s

Definition of skookum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an evil spirit

skookum

adjective
\ " \

Definition of skookum (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : marked by strength or power was a skookum eater most times, but he pushed his bowl away— Arthur Mayse
2 : marked by excellent quality : first-rate as handsome and healthy as skookum applesTime

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History and Etymology for skookum

Noun

Chinook jargon, powerful, evil spirit, from Chehalis skukm

Adjective

Chinook jargon

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“Skookum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skookum. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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