skookum

skookum

[skoo-kuhm]
adjective Northwest U.S., Canada.
1.
large; powerful; impressive.
2.
excellent; first-rate.

Origin:
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)
 
adj
(Canadian) strong or brave
 
[C19: from Chinook Jargon]

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