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[kuh-nuhk] /kəˈnʌk/
noun, Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
a term used to refer to a Canadian, especially a French Canadian.
Origin of Canuck
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
Usage note
The term Canuck is perceived as insulting when used by non-Canadians or when referring specifically to French Canadians. But among Canadians, it is sometimes used as a neutral nickname or term of self-reference. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for Canuck


noun (US & Canadian, informal)
  1. a Canadian
  2. (formerly) esp a French Canadian
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for Canuck

1835, perhaps a cross between Canada and Chinook, the native people in the Columbia River region. In U.S., often but not always derogatory. As an adjective from 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Canuck



: Canuck booze/ my Canuck pal • Regarded as offensive by some, but apparently becoming more acceptable


A Canadian, esp a French-Canadian (1840s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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