- a term used to refer to a Canadian, especially a French Canadian.
Origin of Canuck
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.
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Examples from the Web for canuck
The Canuck was shot in his cabin and a lover of Kit was held for the crime.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer
Why, that Canuck didn't seem to have no more head on him than a hen.The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete
William Dean Howells
The love evinced for cottage adornment would have been lost in a passage through the Canuck settlements of the East.
When will the bars be thrown down so that the Canuck and the Yankee can trade as brothers and friends?
Of the two wrestlers, one was a veritable giant of a Canuck, swarthy of skin, hairy-chested.Riders of the Silences
- a Canadian
- (formerly) esp a French Canadian
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for canuck
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