Canuck

Canuck

[kuh-nuhk]
noun Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
a Canadian, especially a French Canadian.

Origin:
1825–35; perhaps ultimately to be identified with kanaka Hawaiian, South Sea islander (< Hawaiian; see kanaka), if the word once identified both French Canadians and such islanders, who both were employed in the Pacific Northwest fur trade; later reanalyzed as Can(adian) + a suffix

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Canuck (kəˈnʌk)
 
n
a.  a Canadian
 b.  (formerly) esp a French Canadian
 
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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Canuck
1835, cross between Canada and Chinook, the native people in the Columbia River region. In U.S., often derogatory.
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