Not derogatory.

Also the name of the professional (NHL) hockey team in Vancouver, Canada.

The term "Canuck" originated in 1869 from "Johnny Canuck" -- a nationalistic symbol billed as a "younger, simpler cousin to America's Uncle Sam or Britain's John Bull". During World War II, Johnny Canuck was used as a mascot in pro-Canadian propaganda as Canada's personal defender against the Axis Powers.

Ca*nuck" (?), n.

1.

A Canadian.

[Slang]

2.

A small or medium-sized hardy horse, common in Canada.

[Colloq.]

 

© Webster 1913.

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