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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.
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