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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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Cheechako is a young adult novel that opens with a bang: "Will nearly made it to safety before they spotted him.
There are many other outdoors adventures for young adults on the market, but CHEECHAKO holds more specific survivalist detail than most, backed by strong protagonists and dialogue.
Despite Alluna's leeriness of the cheechako or tenderfoot, Necia is enamored with the dashing lieutenant.
Whatever qualms the Briggs people had about Songs of a Sourdough and Ballads of a Cheechako (which had a first printing of 28,000 in 1909 (25)), they marketed both titles aggressively in a variety of bindings, and periodically updated Bookseller and Stationer on their remarkable sales.
Here's looking to a great and wonderful 2004, and if you are a Cheechako, stick around-it's sure to get warm soon.
The beluga hunt and subsequent whale barbecue of "beluga-burgers" were featured events at the Kenai Days fair from 1963 through 1965 (reported in the local newspaper, The Kenai Peninsula Cheechako News).
Service's first verse collections, Songs of a Sourdough (1907) and Ballads of a Cheechako (1909), describing life in the Canadian north, were enormously popular.
Service's Songs of a Sourdough (1907, later called The Spell of the Yukon, 1908), his Ballads of a Cheechako (1907), and his novel Trail of'98 (1912) recall the Klondike scene.
Buccaneer received so many strong and compelling entries, the Company decided to publicly recognize additional names as follows: First runner-up: Resolution, submitted by Brendan Williams of Australia; Honorable Mentions: Cheechako, which means "newcomer to Alaska," submitted by Wade Thomas of Anchorage, Alaska and Spirit of Alaska, submitted by Bob St.
In his biography, Ploughman of the Moon, Service recalled that his second effort, The Ballads of a Cheechako, also caused the House some anxiety.
His other titles are Ballads of a Cheechako (1909), Rhymes of a Rolling Stone (1912), Rhymes of a Red Cross Man (1916), Ballads of a Bohemian (1920), Bar-Room Ballads (1940), Rhymes of a Roughneck (1951), Rhymes of a Rebel (1952), and Carols of a Codger (1954).
35) Stateside, the fourth printing of The Spell of the Yukon in April 1909 was an illustrated issue, but a miniature edition did not appear until Barse & Hopkins began to publish Service's work following the release of Ballads of a Cheechako in the fall of 1909.