canoe

[ kuh-noo ]
/ kəˈnu /

noun

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), ca·noed, ca·noe·ing.

to paddle a canoe.
to go in a canoe.

verb (used with object), ca·noed, ca·noe·ing.

to transport or carry by canoe.

Nearby words

  1. cannular,
  2. cannulate,
  3. cannulation,
  4. canny,
  5. canoas,
  6. canoe birch,
  7. canoe slalom,
  8. canoeing,
  9. canoeist,
  10. canoewood

Idioms

    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 formsca·noe·ist, noun

Can be confusedbarge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht

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British Dictionary definitions for canoe

canoe

/ (kəˈnuː) /

noun

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

verb -noes, -noeing or -noed

to go in a canoe or transport by canoe
Derived Formscanoeing, nouncanoeist, noun

Word Origin for canoe

C16: from Spanish canoa, of Carib origin

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Word Origin and History for canoe
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Idioms and Phrases with canoe

canoe

see paddle one's own canoe.

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