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skookum

[skoo-kuh m] /ˈsku kəm/
adjective, Northwest U.S., Canada.
1.
large; powerful; impressive.
2.
excellent; first-rate.
Origin
Lower Chehalis
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon: strong, powerful < Lower Chehalis (Salishan language of the Washington coast) skwəkwə́m ghost, spirit, monster (hence, apparently “fearsome” > “powerful” in Chinook Jargon)
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skookum

/ˈskuːkəm/
adjective
1.
(Canadian) strong or brave
Word Origin
C19: from Chinook Jargon
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