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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Definitions for skookum

  1. Northwest U.S., Canada. excellent; first-rate.
  2. Northwest U.S., Canada. large; powerful; impressive.

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Citations for skookum
He'd have made two of Ed there, and he was a skookum man, but I whopped him some. Louis L'Amour, "What Gold Does to a Man," Buckskin Run, 1981
Nobody comes along and says, "Me, I'm glad. I gotta wife and kids. I'm a skookum feller. I got no trouble. I'm glad." Nobody talks like that, eh? Harry E. Taylor, "Eyes Can Be Inside Too," The Rotarian, February, 1945
Origin of skookum
Lower Chehalis
Skookum is of Chinook origin. It entered English in the mid-1800s meaning "evil spirit."