[ kuh-nuhk ]
/ kəˈnʌk /
noun Slang: Sometimes Offensive.
a term used to refer to a Canadian, especially a French Canadian.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for canuck
/ (kəˈnʌk) /
noun US and Canadian informal
- a Canadian
- (formerly) esp a French Canadian
Word Origin for Canuck
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for canuck
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