newfie n also newf, newfy BERREY (1942) 52, 385, 734 ~ 'New Foundland,'
'a Newfoundlander,' 'a Newfoundland seaman'; DC 1, 2 (1945-1958); O
Sup2 (1942-). A native-born inhabitant of Newfoundland; NEWFOUNDLANDER;
sometimes used locally in imitation of Americans and mainland Canadians. Also attrib, and
comb newfyjohn(s): St John's.
1945 Atlantic Guardian
Jan, p. 16 Then he found out that the 'Newfies,' as the islanders are sometimes
called by one another and by the Americans, refer to supper as 'tea.' 1949 DULEY 11 Now
he felt dispossessed, crowded on his own streets, mowed down by the ever-increasing
numbers of dun-coloured, army vehicles. The strangers were strutting, becoming the
'big-shots,' They looked down their noses at the natives. They were disdainful of a hard
old heritage. They began to call the towns-folk 'the Newfies' and like Queen Victoria,
the Newfoundlanders were not amused. 1952 Atlantic Advocate Mar, p. 49 He is a
strong advocate of the horse and waggon, home-made bread and 'Newfie screech.' 1976
Daily News 22 Jan, p. 3 Anyone who knows anything might be inclined to the
conclusion that [he] is just another stunned Newf. 1978 WHALLEY 4 St John's, a mean
ironbound slot for a navigator to find in foul weather or in bad visibility, yet a snug
haven for so many ships in the long struggle with the dangers of the North Atlantic and
'the violence of the enemy' that 'Newfy-John's' was a name as much to be conjured with as
the Murmansk Run or the Rose Garden. 1977 Evening Telegram 24 Nov, p. 8 The
Crowsnest is mentioned often ... as an officers' club where the men spent many happy
hours while docked in 'Newfyjohn,' the name [used] to refer to St John's.