- any of various slender, open boats, tapering to a point at both ends, propelled by paddles or sometimes sails and traditionally formed of light framework covered with bark, skins, or canvas, or formed from a dug-out or burned-out log or logs, and now usually made of aluminum, fiberglass, etc.
- any of various small, primitive light boats.
- to paddle a canoe.
- to go in a canoe.
- to transport or carry by canoe.
- paddle one's own canoe, Informal.
- to handle one's own affairs; manage independently.
- to mind one's own business.
Origin of canoe
Examples from the Web for canoe
My partner Brandon and I awake at the crack of dawn for a canoe ride on the milky blue glacial waters of Lake Louise.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
So I go out in a canoe and repeat verses over and over and try and learn poems.‘The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski on Life After Will Gardner’s Death
April 21, 2014
That canoe he paddles in Parks, that episode where Ron is a canoe, Nick Offerman built that canoe, for real!Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari Is 30 Years Old and Writing a Book About Modern Love
November 12, 2013
Kalaj is the opposite of the narrator—brash, outspoken, adventurous, and canoe tipping—and they make an odd couple.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 8, 2013
G. Clay Whittaker
April 9, 2013
When the Queen and Prince Philip visited Tuvalu in 1982, Her Majesty was carried ashore in a canoe by locals.Kate To Take Personal Hairdresser On Tour
August 31, 2012
If it's all a fake of his, how came you to have heard of Braybridge paddling the canoe back for her?Quaint Courtships
We all went ashore in this canoe, then, and were soon alongside of a wharf.
We carried off one canoe load, and even returned for a second.
Enoch was waiting for us, and helped me lift Cross from the canoe.In the Valley
Here the canoe was driven upon the beach, and the whole party landed.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- a light narrow open boat, propelled by one or more paddles
- NZ another word for waka (def. 1)
- in the same canoe NZ of the same tribe
- to go in a canoe or transport by canoe
Word Origin and History for canoe
1550s, originally in a West Indian context, from Spanish canoa, a term used by Columbus, from Arawakan (Haiti) canaoua. Extended to rough-made or dugout boats generally. Early variants in English included cano, canow, canoa, etc., before spelling settled down c.1600.