Definition of cheechako in US English:



North American
  • A person newly arrived in the mining districts of Alaska or northwestern Canada.

    • ‘With tens of thousands of cheechakos on the trail to the goldfields, accidents along the waterways of the North were inevitable.’
    • ‘Under the harsh exposure of winter, the population eroded each year as many cheechakos packed up and returned south.’
    • ‘Deep in this wilderness, cheechakos are far away from computers, television, and video games.’
    • ‘‘Go easy on him, Rob,’ Wiley said, reaching forward to pat Dexter's broad shoulder ‘He's a cheechako.’’
    • ‘Casey was explaining that a sourdough was someone who'd spent the winter in the North, and Rick and Willow were still cheechakos.’
    • ‘For 25 years, sourdoughs, cheechakos, travelers, students and writers have trusted The Alaska Almanac to provide facts on many things Alaskan.’
    • ‘While miners, sourdoughs and cheechakos stampeded the town, Frederick Arthur Kubon was born.’
    • ‘One party of cheechakos who inquired about the best places to find gold were instructed by old timers to go to the top of a distant hill and sink shafts.’
    • ‘But a few cheechakos went to investigate, and the word spread.’
    • ‘A dramatic influx of eager cheechakos in the summer of 1898 created overnight, the largest city west of Winnipeg, Manitoba and north of Seattle, Washington.’
    • ‘Here you walk the streets side by side with merchants, miners, Indians, Eskimos, pioneers and cheechakos.’
    • ‘Just as inhabitants of different regions of the country have dialects and language unique to them, Alaskans have a lexicon of their own that can be baffling to cheechakos.’


Late 19th century: Chinook Jargon, ‘newcomer’.