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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)).]
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(tʃiːˈtʃɑːkəʊ) or


n, pl -kos
slang US a newcomer to the state of Alaska
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(tʃiˈtʃæk oʊ)

Informal. (in Alaska and N Canada) a newcomer; tenderfoot.
[1895–1900; < Chinook Jargon]
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Before my first trip there, I had heard that long-time local pilots were condescending to visiting pilots, or "cheechakos" as the local term for tenderfoot or newcomer is known.
This is especially true of former cheechakos who came to Alaska during construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline or in the years following.
To make matters worse, following the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, gold was discovered in 1897 in the Yukon, bringing thousands of "cheechakos" (greenhorns from the lower 48) into the territories and provinces.
Cheechakos (newcomers) arriving from the "lower 48" quickly learn weather-coping skills and preparation.
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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.