An example of a canuck is a French Canadian.
Other Word Forms
Origin of canuck
- Possibly from alteration of Canada or from Hawaiian kanaka man, human being (from Proto-Polynesian tangata (the Hawaiian word perhaps coming to refer to French Canadians because both Hawaiians and French Canadians worked in the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest))
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1835 Kanuk (US), 1849 canuck (Canadian), origin Unknown.