50 Most Popular Canadian Slang Words and Sayings (2022)

50 Most Popular Canadian Slang Words and Sayings (1)

Canada has two official languages, English and French, and a third unofficial one: Canadian slang.

With a multicultural society centered around the simple things in life—leisure, friendly competition, and politeness—it’s no coincidence these are reflected in the common tongue.

Here are 50 Canadian slang words, terms and sayings to sound like a local in the Great White North.

Beauty

An expression used when referring to something, or someone, exceptionally good. For example: “Too bad you missed the show last night. It was a real beauty”.

British California

British Columbia is the southwesternmost Canadian province, known for its warmer winters, laidback lifestyle, and high-quality marijuana. Hence, the California of Canada.

Canuck

An informal term for an individual from Canada, instead of the more formal ‘Canadian’. Also, the nickname of the professional hockey team from Vancouver.

Chirping

Not the sound a bird makes, but making fun of someone or trash-talking the opposition during a competition. “Those annoying fans wouldn’t stop chirping the whole game.”

Clicks

A quicker way to say ‘kilometers’ (or ‘kilometres’) when referring to distance and directions. “Suzie lives about 10 clicks away.”

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Cowtown

Nickname for Calgary, a city in the western Canadian province of Alberta, known for its Old Western heritage and world-famous Calgary Stampede—an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival.

Darts

Cigarettes. As in smoking darts.

Deke

Short for decoy, a hockey term that refers to an athletic move where the player controlling the puck fakes out or deceives their opponent.

Dep

Short for dépanneur, the term for a convenience store in the French-speaking province Quebec. Translated literally as “troubleshooter”, the abbreviation has also joined the lexicon of anglophones in reference to corner stores across the country.

Double-double

A common way for a Canadian to order their coffee—double cream, double sugar.

Eh

Pronounced ‘ay’ and used in 99.99% of sentences uttered by Canadians, it is the most versatile of the Canadian slang words. Most popularly posed as a question to mean ‘pardon?’ or ‘don’t you agree?’, it can also be used to affirm or emphasize just about anything it follows.

Fill yer boots

This hospitable saying comes from the island of Newfoundland off the east coast of the Canadian mainland, meaning ‘do whatever you want’ or ‘help yourself to as much as you’d like’.

Freezie

A nostalgic summertime treat consisting of ice, sugar, and food-coloring that comes in a clear plastic tube.

Git'r done

Phrase of encouragement when trying to finish something, as in: “You’ve got a bit more beer left in your glass, git’r done.”

Give’r

Another phrase of encouragement to give it all you got, particularly when it comes to sports and athletics. “Get out on the ice and give’r.”

Goal suck

A sports term, also known as a cherry picker, that refers to a player who neglects their defensive duties by staying near their opponents goal while waiting for easy opportunities to score.

Gong show

A situation or event that is a disaster or gets way too out of control. “That party last night got really out of hand. It was a real gong show.”

Gotch (or Gitch or Gonch)

Underwear, specifically the tight men’s cotton briefs also known as tighty-whities.

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Habs

Short for les habitants (the residents, in French) and nickname of the Montreal Canadians hockey team. The use of the term goes back to 1914 when a local paper reported a 9–3 victory over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hang a Larry

Not literally. If you’re driving a car in Canada and the navigation system tells you to ‘hang a Larry’, it simply means to turn left.

Hang a Roger

Again, don’t physically harm a nearby Roger. Just turn right.

Homo milk

Probably the most surprising thing (happy) tourists notice in Canada when visiting the local grocery stores. It’s simply short for ‘homogenized milk’ or whole milk with 3.25% fat.

Hoser

A term popularized in the early ‘80s on Great White North, a comedy sketch by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas on the television show SCTV. A hoser is slang for a dumb person, but in a sort of polite and endearing way unique to Canadians.

Jambuster

This one will make your mouth water. It’s a doughnut filled with jam.

Jesus Murphy

To avoid the guilt and shame of blasphemy yet retain the satisfaction of cursing—usually after clumsily hurting themselves—Canadians cleverly replace the name of Christ with Murphy.

KD

Short for Kraft Dinner; the non-perishable, cardboard box-packaged macaroni and cheese which many consider the de facto national dish of Canada.

Keener

A person who is extremely eager or keen to please others, not in a good way. Synonymous with a brown-noser or overachiever.

Kerfuffle

When two (or more) Canadians disagree or have a difference of opinion, a kerfuffle may ensue. It refers to everything from a small fuss or commotion to a full-blown hockey fight.

Ketchup chips

A Canadian food staple. Classic potato chips covered in a salty ketchup seasoning that leaves a red stain on everything it touches—fingers, tongues, clothing, and upholstery.

Loonie and Toonie

In 1987, when the Canadian dollar bill was replaced by a coin stamped with an image of a bird—the common loon—it wasn’t long before the nickname ‘loonie’ took hold. This set the stage less than a decade later, when it came time to name the newly released two dollar coin—the ‘toonie’.

Mickey

Not the name of the iconic Disney mouse, but a flask-sized bottle of liquor (usually Canadian whiskey) that easily fits into a person’s hand, purse, or pocket.

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Molson muscle

Molson is a common brand of Canadian beer, and the muscle being referred to is the belly. It’s simple math: Beer + Belly = Molson + Muscle.

Mounties

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is the federal and national police service of Canada. Colloquially known as the ‘Mounties’, they are famous for their distinctive dress uniform accentuated by a scarlet tunic and wide, flat-brimmed campaign hat.

Out for a rip

This phrase has two meanings. One is going out for a drive, usually something a bit extreme like offroading or snowmobiling. The other refers to hanging out with friends—kicking back, taking it easy, and having a good time.

Parkade

A multi-story parking lot, also known as a parking garage.

Pop

The common name for soda, a soft drink, or any flavored carbonated beverage.

Poutine

A savory dish that originated in the French Canadian province of Quebec, made of french fries and cheese curds covered in gravy.

Puck bunny

What groupies are to rock bands, puck bunnies are to hockey teams. They aren’t necessarily interested in the game, but have their eyes (and hearts) set on the players.

Rink rat

A person who spends most of their time at the skating rink. It can be a hockey parent who is always watching their kid practice and play, or a youth who has no social life outside of the rink—playing hockey or not.

Runners

Running shoes or any other casual athletic shoes like sneakers or tennis shoes

Shit-kickers

Cowboy boots or a heavy pair of shoes you don’t mind getting covered in dirt and mud.

Snowbirds

It’s no secret that winters in Canada can be some of the longest and coldest on the planet. And like the birds who migrate seasonally to warmer climates, some Canadians escape the snow by flocking south in search of sand and sun. Hence the nickname ‘snowbirds’.

Texas mickey

A 3-liter (or litre) bottle of liquor. This supersized 101 ounces of alcohol lends credence to the unofficial state slogan that “everything is bigger in Texas”.

The 6ix

Made famous by hip-hop artist Drake, ‘The Six’ refers to his hometown of Toronto. Contrary to common assumptions, the nickname comes from the 6 boroughs of the city, not the 416 and 647 area codes.

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The Peg

Nickname for the city of Winnipeg, the capital of the province of Manitoba. The“Gateway to the West” is known for its extremely cold winters and mosquito-infested summers.

Timbits

Donut holes. So named because of the famous Canadian coffeehouse Tim Hortons, lovingly known as...

Timmies

Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest—and favorite—fast food restaurant chain specializing in coffee and doughnuts. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than ordering a double-double and timbits at Timmies.

Toque

Pronounced ‘too-uk’, it’s a warm, brimless, knit hat—often with a tassel or pom-pom on top—which people outside of Canada usually call a ski hat or a beanie.

Two-four

A case of twenty four beers. A common courtesy to bring over to a friend’s house and a great way to stay warm in the winter.

Washroom

The Canadian term for a bathroom or restroom, and the variation that makes the most sense—not all have baths, public ones are usually not great places to rest, and a friendly reminder to wash up before you leave!

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Born in Canada, raised in America, educated in England, and living in Israel. That means it’s Zed not Zee, miles not kilometers, crisps not chips, and hummus on everything.

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FAQs

What is the most Canadian thing to say? ›

33 Of The Most Canadian Sentences Ever
  1. "Don't put too much milk in the KD." Instagram. ...
  2. 2. " You're such a keener." ...
  3. 3. " Stop being a shit disturber." ...
  4. 4. " Can you grab me my bunnyhug?" ...
  5. 5. " Going on a Tims run. ...
  6. 6. " We've actually got a Prime Minister."
  7. 7. " Is that available on Canadian Netflix?" ...
  8. 8. " She's a beaut."
16 Oct 2015

What slang words do Canadians use? ›

10 Canadian Slang Words You Should Know
  • Toque. Less cultured folk might refer to a winter hat as a “beanie,” but cold weather headwear is strictly referred to as a toque in Canada. ...
  • Chesterfield. Technically a couch, but a chesterfield is so much more. ...
  • Newfie. ...
  • Keener. ...
  • Give'r. ...
  • Double-Double. ...
  • Toonie. ...
  • Mickey.

What are things only Canadians say? ›

Here's a little cheat sheet for you to learn 15 truly Canadian words and phrases in honour of Canada's 150th birthday today.
  • Caesars. A Caesar is, at its heart, a Bloody Mary. ...
  • Double-double. ...
  • Timbit. ...
  • Loonies and toonies. ...
  • Kraft Dinner. ...
  • A two-four. ...
  • Toque or tuque. ...
  • Give'r.
2 Jul 2017

What do Canadians say all the time? ›

One of the most popular Canadianisms is the use of the word “eh.” It's a Canadian linguistic stereotype together with “aboot.” Have you ever wondered why Canadians say it all the time?

What do Canadian call friends? ›

Buddy/ Bud

Buddy doesn't have to be a friend, or someone you know at all. Heck no, we share the love freely. Similarly, bud is used affectionately to speak to others in Canada, in phrases like 'How are ya, bud?

What do Canadians call a bathroom? ›

Washroom: a polite word for bathroom. The Canadian version of “restroom.”

How do you talk like a Canadian? ›

To talk like a Canadian, say “Eh” instead of “You know” and “Pardon?” like, “The weather's nice, eh?” You should also pronounce “About,” as “Aboot” and say, “Pardon me,” instead of “Excuse me.” Refer to other Canadians as “Canucks.” Use Canadian slang for money too, like a “loony” for a Canadian dollar, a “toony” for 2 ...

How do Canadians say awesome? ›

Beauty. An expression used to refer to something that was done well or an exceptionally great person. “Your mom left a box of Timbits for me. She's a beauty.”

What is a 26 Canadian slang? ›

quart: a large bottle of beer, also used in Atlantic Canada to refer to a 26er.

What are Canadian swear words? ›

20 uniquely Canadian insults
  • Angishore. A Newfoundland insult meaning someone who's too lazy to go fishing. ...
  • Beau cave. French Quebecois slang meaning “total idiot.” If you get called this, you've really irked somebody.
  • Bender. ...
  • Bushed. ...
  • Chiseler. ...
  • Christer. ...
  • Chucklehead. ...
  • Doughhead.
17 Oct 2017

How do Canadians say hello slang? ›

French people stick to the usual “bonjour”. That said, if you're wondering how to say hello in French Canadian then look no further. In Canada, particularly in Quebec, we can say “bon matin”.

What is Canada's nickname? ›

Although it is unknown who coined the term Great White North in reference to Canada, the nickname has been in use for many decades.

How do Canadians say sorry? ›

In other words, where many US speakers will pronounce "sorry" like "sari", (i.e. in the lot Lexical Set), Canadians make the first syllable like "sore." In fact, when Canadian actors learn that US speakers say "sorry/sari" in the same manner, they often remark "where's the pain in that?" For us, "sorry," the word many ...

What do Canadians say differently? ›

Canadians do something called 'Canadian Raising', meaning that they pronounce some two-part vowels (known as dipthongs) with a higher part of their mouths than people from other English-speaking regions – this is what causes the 'ou' sounds in words like 'out' and 'about' to be pronounced something like 'oot' and ' ...

How do Canadians say water? ›

Other words with unique Canadian pronunciations: News: Canadians like the Brits say nyoos while Americans say noos.
...
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  1. Butter sounds like budder.
  2. Water – wader.
  3. Kitty – kiddy.
  4. Teeter-totter – teeder-todder.

What do Canadians call soda? ›

“Pop” may be among the most quintessentially Canadian words, but we don't all prefer the fizzy soda label equally.

What do Canadians call a BBQ? ›

A grill, as everybody also knows, is a thing, what some people erroneously call a barbecue. It can be found indoors or outdoors. It can burn propane or natural gas or charcoal or electricity. It can also be an adjective.

What do Canadians call cigarettes? ›

A dart is a Canadian slang term for a cigarette.

If someone asks for a dart, you'll now know what they really mean.

How do Canadians say goodbye? ›

Have a good day! – Bonne journée! Good-bye – Au revoir. ..... which actually means 'see you again'.

What do they call bacon in Canada? ›

Canadian bacon, also called back bacon or rashers, comes from the pork loin of a pig.

What do Canadians call a garbage disposal? ›

If you find a garbage disposal there, you already have one; a garburator is simply the Canadian word for a garbage disposal system.

What do Canadians call napkins? ›

“Serviette,” means napkin; “serviette en papier,” is a paper napkin. “Ben La!,” is a common word for “Well there,” but also has other meanings.

How do Canadians greet you? ›

A handshake is the common greeting between strangers. Shaking with a firm hand and eye contact reflects confidence. Canadians may laugh lightly over handshakes to diffuse the formality. French Canadians may also greet each other by lightly kissing both cheeks once, starting on the left.

How do Canadians say good morning? ›

Bon Matin” - “Good Morning,” but Only in Canada

The most common way of saying “good morning” in Quebec is bon matin, which literally means “good morning.” As mentioned, it is never used in France, but some learners find it easier to pronounce.

What do Canadians always say eh? ›

Using “eh” to end the statement of an opinion or an explanation is a way for the speaker to express solidarity with the listener. It's not exactly asking for reassurance or confirmation, but it's not far off: the speaker is basically saying, hey, we're on the same page here, we agree on this.

What is slang for a Canadian person? ›

Canuck /kəˈnʌk/ is a slang term for a Canadian. The origins of the word are uncertain. The term Kanuck is first recorded in 1835 as an Americanism, originally referring to Dutch Canadians (which included German Canadians) or French Canadians. By the 1850s, the spelling with a "C" became predominant.

How do you greet a woman in Canada? ›

Both men and women greet with a handshake, although women may acknowledge you with a nod of the head rather than a handshake. Shaking hands is also common for first meetings in social situations. Men and women often embrace and kiss lightly on the cheek when meeting if they are related or good friends.

What does 47 mean in slang? ›

The dictionary contains more than 450 entries, including: (1) general gang terms, such as "47," which alerts others that the police are coming; (2) geographically specific terms, such as "187," the California penal code number for "murder"; (3) gang-specific terms, e.g., "Blue Hats," a term describing Crips and their ...

What's a 49 slang? ›

49: An informal social celebration at an Indian gathering such as a powwow. 49in': Partying at a 49.

What are cops called in Canada slang? ›

The most commonly known nickname for members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is mountie. This term is short for “mounted” and refers to the fact that these officers patrolled on horseback historically. While they may not routinely ride horseback nowadays, they are still referred to as mounties.

What are some weird rules in Canada? ›

Top 10 Quirky Canadian laws and their origins
  • It is illegal to scare the Queen. ...
  • It is illegal to create, possess, and sell crime comics. ...
  • Prohibited to challenge someone to a duel and/or accept an invitation to a duel. ...
  • It is against the law to use a dog sled on a sidewalk. ...
  • It is forbidden to own a pet rat.

What do Canadians say when you sneeze? ›

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In English-speaking countries, the common verbal response to another person's sneeze is "[God] bless you", or, less commonly in the United States and Canada, "Gesundheit", the German word for health (and the response to sneezing in German-speaking countries).

What was Canada's old name? ›

Prior to 1870, it was known as the North-Western Territory. The name has always been a description of the location of the territory.

What does Canada call mcdonalds? ›

Canada — "McDick's"

Do Canadians say babe? ›

When you're in a relationship, how do you refer to your partner? If you're Canadian, chances are the answer is Babe – our new study of 400 Canadians aged 18-55 revealed that Babe (or Baby) is the nation's favourite term of endearment.

Why do Canadians say hey? ›

Although eh has its roots in Middle English and did not originate in Canada, the interjection acts as marker of anglophone Canadian identity and distinguishes Canadian English from other dialects. Eh is internationally recognized as a uniquely Canadian form of speech, often to the point of exaggeration and stereotype.

Do Canadians say buddy? ›

Canadians are known around the world for being very polite, and the term “bud” or “buddy” plays a big role in that regard. Because “hey buddy!” sounds a lot kinder than “hey you!” and less sarcastic than “hey pal!”

What do Canadians call sneakers? ›

However, in Australian, Canadian, and Scottish English, running shoes and runners are synonymous terms used to refer to sneakers; with the latter term also used in Hiberno-English.

What do Canadians call gas? ›

Terminology. In North America the fuel is known as "gasoline" or "gas" for short, and "gas station" and "service station" are used in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Do Canadians say yall? ›

Generally you will not hear Canadians using that term.

What is a famous quote about Canada? ›

A Canadian is sort of like an American, but without the gun. “ “Canada is not a country for the cold of heart or the cold of feet.

What are five values that Canadians say they have? ›

There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada.... There are shared values—openness, respect, compassion, willingness to work hard, to be there for each other, to search for equality and justice. Those qualities are what make us the first post-national state.

What are 3 words that describe Canada? ›

I think the words I would choose to describe Canada align well with our country's culinary spirit: beautiful, multicultural, adventuresome, peaceful and inclusive.

How do you say sorry in Canada? ›

In other words, where many US speakers will pronounce "sorry" like "sari", (i.e. in the lot Lexical Set), Canadians make the first syllable like "sore." In fact, when Canadian actors learn that US speakers say "sorry/sari" in the same manner, they often remark "where's the pain in that?" For us, "sorry," the word many ...

How does a Canadian say yes? ›

If a Canadian answers your question with “oh yea, no, for sure,” they are using slang for “yes”. Oh yea, no, for sure in a sentence: “Would you mind helping me move the couch?” “Oh yea, no, for sure.”

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