loon·ie | \ˈlü-nē \

Definition of loonie 


: a coin worth one Canadian dollar

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And the greenback dropped on Friday against most G-10 peers, led by the loonie and kiwi. Dana Pardini, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 3 Dec. 2017 The Aussie and loonie also retreated against the greenback, while the pound rose on hawkish comments from the BOE’s chief economist. Erin Roman, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 21 June 2017 The greenback strengthened, with the kiwi, loonie and Aussie dollar lagging the most of G-10 peers. Erin Roman, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 7 Nov. 2017 For now, sentiment on the loonie remains gloomy among fast-money investors. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Investors Gloomy on the Loonie After G-7 Summit," 11 June 2018 How much has the Trump family made, and where, and who has paid them, right down to the last ruble, renminbi, manat, shekel, peso, and loonie? Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 Traders aren’t quite buying it yet, with the loonie weakening about 0.8 percent Wednesday to 1.2980 per dollar. Bloomberg.com, "This FX Guru Expects the Loonie to Weaken 20% by the End of Next Year," 7 Mar. 2018 The greenback jumped to a one-month high against the yen, but retreated against the Aussie dollar and loonie. Erin Roman, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 26 June 2017 Yes, there were some loonies (those caricatures in Nunsense and Sister Act didn’t spring from an abyss). Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com, "I asked my grade-school principal, Sister Bernadette: How can we bring nuns back? | Ronnie Polaneczky," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of loonie

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loonie

from the image of a loon on the obverse of the coin

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: a coin that is worth one Canadian dollar

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