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cheechako Syllabification: chee·cha·ko
Pronunciation: /CHēˈCHäkō/

Definition of cheechako in English:

noun (plural cheechakos)

North American informal
A person newly arrived in the mining districts of Alaska or northwestern Canada.
Example sentences
  • ‘Go easy on him, Rob,’ Wiley said, reaching forward to pat Dexter's broad shoulder ‘He's a cheechako.’
  • Under the harsh exposure of winter, the population eroded each year as many cheechakos packed up and returned south.
  • While miners, sourdoughs and cheechakos stampeded the town, Frederick Arthur Kubon was born.


Late 19th century: Chinook Jargon, 'newcomer'.

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