Canadian Slang You Should Know

Canadian Moose

”He’s a keener for sure!”

 

Feeling Confused?

You’re not alone…

When you go to Canada, there may be some words spoken that leave you in the dark. We’ve put together some Canadian slang terms so you can tell your mickey from your two-four!

Warning though…be careful when using these terms yourself until you become real familiar, because you really don’t want to offend anyone while you visit their country!

 

Canadian Slang Terms

AllophoneResident of Quebec who speaks a first language other than English or French
All worriedUse in Montreal. If someone says this they're usually being sarcastic and aren't actually worried
BachelorBachelor apartment (a single room apartment with a bathroom)
BeautySomething done well, or an exceptionally great person
BlocheadDerogatory term for Anglophone, or English speaker in the province of Quebec
BluenoserTerm for a resident of Nova Scotia
BunnyhugUsed exclusively in Saskatchewan to refer to a hooded sweatshirt, or hoodie
BytownOriginal name of Ottawa before its designation as national capital, often still used in the same context as Hogtown for Toronto or Cowtown for Calgary
Champagne BirthdayBirthday when you turn the age of the date of your birth
ChesterfieldReferring to a couch or sofa. Usually used by the older crowd (hey, grandma)
CowtownTerm to describe Calgary, Alberta. Often used by those who actually live in Calgary, Alberta
ChinookWarm, dry wind experienced along the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada
Chirping or beakingMaking fun of someone
CanuckSlang term for a Canadian
CollegeCommunity colleges in Canada
DartA cigarette
DaylinerA Budd Rail Diesel Car, a self-propelled diesel passenger railcar on the former British Columbia Railway, also called "Budd Car"
Decked outSomeone dressed up or something that has been decorated
DepConvenience store in Montreal and other parts of Quebec
Deking/deke outHockey term that describes faking or deceiving your opponent
DipperMember of the New Democratic Party
Double DoubleCoffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars, typically ordered at Tim Hortons
DrokeEspecially Newfoundland-coppice, thicket
Eh?Pronounced ''ay'' to indicate you don't understand something, can't believe or want the person to respond
Fire hallFire station, firehouse
"For sure"Definitely
FreeziesTreat that consists mostly of sugar and water frozen in a plastic tube
GarburatorElectric device underneath of a kitchen sink that breaks up food
Give’erPerson who gives all they got when all else fails
GastownVancouver's first neighbourhood. Named after “Gassy Jack” Deighton. Arts, media, technology, and tourist hub
Gong show or gongerSituation that gets way out of control, often in a funny way
GostapoGO Transit Enforcement Unit security staff in the Greater Toronto Area
Gotch/gitch/gonchTight men's underpants known elsewhere as tighty-whities
GravolCanadian equivalent of Dramamine, over-the-counter drug for motion sickness
GTAGreater Toronto Area
HaligonianAnyone from the city of Halifax
Hang a larryTurn left
Hang a rogerTurn right
Homo milkHomogenized milk, also known as whole milk
HousecoatBathrobe
Horny Tim'sTim Hortons doughnut chain
Hoser/hoseheadUnsophisticated person/alcoholic
HoseUsed as a verb 'to hose' meaning to trick, deceive, steal, etc.
JoggersTerm used for jogging pants or sweatpants
KerfuffleA commotion
KeenerSome who is eager to demonstrate knowledge or participate (brown-noser, nerd, geek)
KlickKilometres, the unit of length in the metric system equal to 1,000 meters
KDKraft macaroni and cheese (Kraft Dinner)
Liquor storeGovernment operated liquor store, as privately owned liquor stores are uncommon or illegal in Eastern Canada. A private liquor store is generally referred to as a Cold Beer & Wine Store or off-sale
LoonieCanadian $1 coin, gets its name from the picture of the Canadian bird, the loon, that appears on one side of the coin
LineupLine of people; queue
MainlanderUsed by Newfoundlanders, Prince Edward Islanders and Cape Bretoners to refer to a person from mainland Canada; often used in the derogatory
MountieMember of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Muskoka ChairAn outdoor wooden lounge chair. Named after the Muskoka Lake region of Cottage Country in Ontario, Canada
Mickey375ml (13oz) bottle of liquor
Molson musclePotbelly (Molson is a Canadian brand of beer)
Nanaimo barPopular rich dessert that requires no baking. Named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia
Out for a ripAny kind of excursion
ParkadeMultistory parking lot
Pencil CrayonsColouring pencils
PopA non-alcoholic soft drink
PablumInvented in Canada in 1931 as an answer to vitamin deficiencies. Traditionally baby's first solid food
PogeySocial assistance, welfare (Especially in Newfoundland.), Employment insurance
Ring RatHockey players that get as much time on the ice rink as possible
RocketsThe candy that Americans call "Smarties''
Rotten Ronnie'sMcDonald's restaurants. Also McScumolds, McDick's, or in Quebec, McDo's
SasquatchCreature similar to Bigfoot or Yeti, from the Halkemeylem word sesqac. In British Columbia often used, especially in the short form Squatch (rhymes with "botch"), to mean someone tall, large and shaggy or bearded
ScreechPotent type of Newfoundland rum
Ski-DooBrand name now used generically to refer to any snowmobile
SkookumFantastic, good. Regional to British Columbia
SlackLow quality, disappointment, etc. Often prefaced with ever, as in Ever slack, eh? To slack off is to work slowly and minimally
SnowbirdCanadian who spends the winter in the U.S. (often Florida). Often retired
Snokked or snockedReally drunk
Stag/StagetteCanadian version of the pre-wedding bachelor/bachelorette party
SwishHomemade low-quality liquor
Take offCommand to leave, similar to "get lost"
Texas mickey3 litre (or 3.78 litre) or larger bottle of liquor, despite the Texas reference, this is a purely Canadian term
Tipper3.75 litre bottle of liquor, sold with a metal frame used to support the bottle when pouring
Two-FourCase of 24 beers
TimmiesFast-food coffee chain, Tim Horton's
ToqueA beanie or knit cap
The 6ixCities that make up the Great Toronto Area (or, GTA), but is mostly used when talking about Toronto. Thanks to Drake, ‘Hogtown,’ ‘Big Smoke,’ and ‘Tdot’ are out, while ‘The 6ix’ is in
That's jokesWhen you want to say something is hilarious or funny
ToonieA 2 dollar coin
TowneyIn Newfoundland, to describe someone from St. John's
TRUEOK
Track pantsSweat pants
TransCan, T-CanReference to the Trans-Canada Highway, also called the Number 1. Begins in Victoria, British Columbia, ends in St John's, Newfoundland
WashroomPolite word for bathroom
What you sayin?Asking what someone is doing
WheelsVehicle, usually a car. Tire is usually used when referring to the actual wheels "Where are your wheels parked?"
WhitenerNon-dairy coffee creamer
Whales TailWord for the famous Canadian treat, beaver tails, made from fried pastry dough
ZedWord for the letter Z in the alphabet

 

Well now you know at least a few words that might otherwise leave you scratching your head!

It’s also important to note that slang can often differ by region so for example a word your hear in Montreal may not mean anything or could mean something entirely different in Vancouver. Happy travelling!

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