Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A Canadian coin worth one dollar.
  • n. Informal The Canadian dollar.

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  • n. The Canadian dollar (both the coin and the monetary unit).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the basic unit of money in Canada

Etymologies

From the image of a loon on one side of the coin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A loonie is our dollar, Nom, which is about $1.01 to you.

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  • Canadian gave it the name loonie because it has a picture of a common loon, a popular Canadian bird, on its reverse and it has Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.

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  • And while the loonie is tied more closely to the USD, it’s not pegged.

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  • Hey Al, I have no idea what a loonie is or how much it’s worth, but you’ve got a deal there, player.

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  • But Canada isn't quite the bargain it used to be: Since 2004 the Canadian dollar (known as the loonie) is up 25% against the U.S. dollar.

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  • The dollar coin is called a loonie, because there's a picture of a loon (the bird) on one side.

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  • Late Friday in New York, one Canadian dollar -- known as the loonie for the bird pictured on coins -- fetched $1.06.

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  • The currency, known as the loonie for the bird on the C$1 coin, climbed as much as 0.8 percent to $1.0171.

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  • The Australian dollar is the most overvalued in two decades versus the so-called loonie, while slower Chinese growth amid higher inflation may lessen the attraction of countries that depend on selling raw materials to Asia's biggest economy.

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  • Canada's dollar, also known as the loonie for the image of the aquatic bird on the C$1 coin, depreciated 0.2 percent to 97.61 cents versus the greenback, from 97.42 on May 20, extending its monthly drop to 3.2 percent.

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  • The face on the front, so I've heard
    Is not what the natives preferred.
    The payback, though puny,
    Is there on the loonie,
    Where they give the old lady the bird.

    June 30, 2014

  • The Canadian one dollar coin.

    March 3, 2007