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[kuh-noo] /kəˈnu/
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.
verb (used without object), canoed, canoeing.
to paddle a canoe.
to go in a canoe.
verb (used with object), canoed, canoeing.
to transport or carry by canoe.
paddle one's own canoe, Informal.
  1. to handle one's own affairs; manage independently.
  2. to mind one's own business.
Origin of canoe
1545-55; < French < Spanish canoa < Arawak; replacing canoa < Spanish
Related forms
canoeist, noun
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for canoeing
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  • I have placed canoeing and swimming in the same chapter because the first word in canoeing is never go until you can swim.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • canoeing down the Licking, on the first day of August they crossed the Ohio.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • He strolled with the train of vagabonds alternately fishing and hunting up streams and canoeing the Sound.

  • The Cubs were still on the river, receiving instruction in canoeing.

  • As the canoeing at this point was not at all difficult, her utmost efforts could not keep her abreast of the travellers.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • Personally I have never worn rainproof garments when canoeing.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • Years ago I made a canoeing trip in northern Maine with two friends.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • Isn't it a little risky, Miss Granger, for you to be canoeing alone in this mist?

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • There were canoes as well as motor boats, and both the chums were fond of canoeing.

British Dictionary definitions for canoeing


a light narrow open boat, propelled by one or more paddles
(NZ) another word for waka (sense 1)
(NZ) in the same canoe, of the same tribe
verb -noes, -noeing, -noed
to go in a canoe or transport by canoe
Derived Forms
canoeing, noun
canoeist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish canoa, of Carib origin
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Word Origin and History for canoeing

1870, verbal noun from canoe (v.). Related: Canoeist.



1842, from canoe (n.). Related: Canoed; canoing.



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.


1842, from canoe (n.). Related: Canoed; canoing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for canoeing



To kiss and caress, etc; make out, neck: Her old man had been hearing about me and Daisy canoeing

[1930s+; probably fr canoodle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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