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 (chĭ-chä′kō, -chô′-)
n. pl. chee·cha·kos Chiefly Alaska & Yukon Territory
A newcomer to Alaska or the Yukon Territory; a tenderfoot.

[Chinook Jargon, newcomer : chee, new (from Lower Chinook čxi, a little while passed, then) + chako, to come, become (perhaps from Nootka čukwaa, come! (exclamatory imperative)).]


(tʃiːˈtʃɑːkəʊ) or


n, pl -kos
slang US a newcomer to the state of Alaska


(tʃiˈtʃæk oʊ)

Informal. (in Alaska and N Canada) a newcomer; tenderfoot.
[1895–1900; < Chinook Jargon]
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This is especially true of former cheechakos who came to Alaska during construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline or in the years following.
Cheechakos (newcomers) arriving from the "lower 48" quickly learn weather-coping skills and preparation.
There was virtually nothing left for the cheechakos (greenhorns), as the experienced prospectors, the sourdoughs, called the newcomers.
The cheechakos and the sourdoughs were very much better at spending money than making it.
But why then did so many of the cheechakos, having reached Dawson, not even try to stake a claim to a mine?
We Daily News folks were the outsiders, cheechakos in Alaskan vernacular, looking in at Anchorage and uncovering its sins.
In the winter time it's the frozen road that is competing with the view of ice fogged frigid beauty, the cold though, doesn't it split the Cheechakos from the Sourdoughs?
In Alaska, the Pittmans might still be regarded as cheechakos.
For 25 years, sourdoughs, cheechakos, travelers, students and writers have trusted The Alaska Almanac to provide facts on many things Alaskan.
And while only fools and cheechakos predict Alaskan weather and fish prices, some fishermen may see improvement.