Canadian slang varies from region to region with some slang being used universally across Canada. Here's a recap of some of the most popular regional slang terms and phrases.
Canadian Regions: Discover Their Slang
The following Canadian slang is sorted into groups by either the region that uses the slang word or the area to which the slang word refers. The groups are Eastern Canada, Central Canada, Western Canada, and a group of slang terms used in many areas of Canada.
Other Canadian Slang
The last group of Canadian slang by region covers slang words and expressions used widely throughout Canada.
- beauty: thanks; cool; good fortune
- bismarck: jelly doughnut
- deke or deke out: to trick someone or avoid them
- double-double: a coffee that has double cream and double sugar
- gotch, ginch or gonch: refers to underwear, especially men's
- had the biscuit: dead, spent, broken
- head'r: means to leave
- hose: means to trick, deceive, or steal
- hosed: something that is broken
- Jesus Murphey: a widely used slang expression
- joggers: jogging pants
- ketchup potato chips: flavored potato chips
- Mountie: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- mickey: a small container of liquor
- poutine: french fries with poutine sauce and cheese curds
- rink rat: refers to those who work at a hockey rink maintaining the building and the ice rink
- slack: low quality or disappointment
- snowbirds: people who leave during the winter months and stay in the southern states of the US
- Tim's, Timmy's, Timmy Ho's, Timmy Ho-Ho's: Tim Horton's doughnut chain