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1 skookum - February 12 on Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:33 pm

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skookum

\ SKOO-kuhm \  , adjective



1.
Northwest U.S., Canada . excellent; first-rate.

2.
Northwest U.S., Canada . large; powerful; impressive.



Origin:
Skookum  is of Chinook origin. It entered English in the mid-1800s meaning "evil spirit."


Quotes:
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

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