60 Canadian Slang Words From Different Provinces And Territories Across Canada

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60 Canadian Slang Words From Different Provinces And Territories Across Canada

Canada is home to several unique languages and dialects. All provinces and territories in the country have their own characteristic lexicons of idioms and slang, and together they make up an important part of Canada's unique heritage and history.

READ ALSO: Brutally Honest One-Word Descriptions Of Every Province And Territory In Canada

How well-versed are you in Canadian regional slang? Read on and find out!

Note: For the purposes of this article, the following regions of Canada will be considered. Some slang words may be transferrable across different regions:

British Columbia

Cabins - refers to vacation homes

Doeskin - a lumber jacket characterized by thick flannel in red and black or green and black

Ginch/gonch - a particular type of men's briefs that are threadbare

Hi-yu - refers to a party or gathering; literally means "many" (derived from Chinook jargon)

Kokanee - refers to a species of land-locked salmon

Neo-Grit - refers to a new-era member of the Liberal Party

Skookum - strong or robust

Slurrey - a derogatory name for Surrey, British Columbia

Squatch - a hairy man; possibly with bad hygiene

The Rock - refers to Vancouver Island (also used in the Maritimes to refer to Newfoundland)

The West / Prairies

Boot - to seek a provider of liquor (more common in Alberta)

Buckle Bunny - a female rodeo groupie

Bunny-hug - a hoodie (mainly Saskatchewan)

Gitch/gotch - variants to "ginch" or "gonch"

Jib - Crystal meth

Kitty-corner - refers to two things positioned diagonally opposite from each other

Pull - same meaning as "boot" (more common in Saskatchewan)

The Patch - refers to the oil industry in the Prairies (mainly Alberta)

Stubble jumper - refers to someone from the Prairies

Vi-Co - chocolate milk (more common in Saskatchewan and Manitoba)


Camps/cottages - refers to vacation homes

Chirpin' - an aggresive, mean form of teasing

Click - refers to a kilometre distance measurement

Giv'n'r - describes any act carried out at maximum effort or potential

Jam buster - a jelly-filled donut (also in Manitoba)

Lick-bo - refers to the LCBO

Skid - refers to a poor kid

Takitish- translates to "take it easy"

Ten-ply - describes a wimp or weak person

Two-four - a case of 24 beers

Wheeling - to court someone


Bines - pork and beans

Blochead - refers to an Anglophone within Quebec

Blonde - girlfriend (regardless of hair colour)

Chiffe - a shift at work

Chum - boyfriend

Dep - corner store (short for "depanneur")

Flyé - over the top; extravagant

Full - translates to "very much"

Smatte - a smart guy or a smart ass

Tof - difficult or rough

Atlantic Canada

Angishore - refers to a weak or miserable person

B'y - man, dude, pal or boy

Chucklehead - refers to a stupid person

Duckish - the period between sunset and the dark of night

Faggot - a bundle of half-dried fish

Gowdy - awkward

Huffed - to be cursed

Jinker - refers to someone who is a bringer of misfortune

Lashins - plentiful

Narn - none

Pogie - refers to social assistance of welfare

Rawny - thin or bony

Sure g'awn witcha - an exclamation of disbelief

Townie - refers to a person from St. John's

Yer - here

The North

Ever - precedes another word to add emphasis

Masi - translates to "thank you"

Muktuk - frozen whale skin and blubber

Itialuit - translates to "damn you"

Sourdough - a permanent resident in the Yukon (who has lived there all four seasons)

This is far from a complete list. What slang words from your province can you add?