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1Canadian. A Newfoundlander; = "Newfie".
2Also in form newf. A Newfoundland dog.
Canadian. Of, in, or from Newfoundland; that is a Newfoundlander (frequently depreciative). Also (of a dog): belonging to the Newfoundland breed.
1950s; earliest use found in St. John's Evening Telegram. Partly shortened from Newfoundlander, and partly shortened from the name of Newfoundland.
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