noun (plural cheechakos)North American informal
A person newly arrived in the mining districts of Alaska or NW Canada.
- ‘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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