- 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 canoeist
In this one particular the canoeist has to trust to the boat-builder.The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"
But the danger—was it not there the canoeist was drowned last year?The Incendiary
W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Always have a line and some fish-hooks with you, for a canoeist should be a good fisherman.
No canoeist may ram her opponent head on, and if she does so, the game is given to the other side.Indian Scout Talks
Charles A. Eastman
The canoeist of to-day, therefore, will find solitude and shallows enough on either river.
- 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 canoeist
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.