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Choctaw

[chok-taw] /ˈtʃɒk tɔ/
noun, plural Choctaws (especially collectively) Choctaw for 1.
1.
a member of a large Muskhogean tribe of North American Indians, formerly living chiefly in southern Mississippi, now in Oklahoma.
2.
the language of the Choctaw, closely related to Chickasaw.
3.
something unintelligible, as speech, illegible handwriting, or an ineffectual explanation; gibberish:
My best efforts at clarity were Choctaw to him.
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Examples from the web for Choctaw
  • Choctaw women painted in white would adopt and name commissioners as kin.
  • My connection with the Choctaw indians was brought about incidentally maj.
  • Many Choctaw adults learned to speak the language before speaking english.
  • Choctaws today wear Choctaw clothing mainly for special events.
  • Choctaw elders, especially the Choctaw women, dress in their traditional garb every day.
British Dictionary definitions for Choctaw

choctaw

/ˈtʃɒktɔː/
noun
1.
(skating) a turn from the inside edge of one skate to the outside edge of the other or vice versa
Word Origin
C19: after Choctaw

Choctaw

/ˈtʃɒktɔː/
noun
1.
(pl) -taws, -taw. a member of a Native American people of Alabama
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Muskogean family
Word Origin
C18: from Choctaw Chahta
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Word Origin and History for Choctaw

1722, from Choctaw Chahta, of uncertain meaning, but also said to be from Spanish chato "flattened," for the tribe's custom of flattening the heads of male infants. As a figure skating step, first recorded 1892. Sometimes used in 19c. American English as typical of a difficult or incomprehensible language (cf. Greek in this sense from c.1600).

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