[ kuh-noo ]
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  1. 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.

  2. any of various small, primitive light boats.

verb (used without object),ca·noed, ca·noe·ing.
  1. to paddle a canoe.

  2. to go in a canoe.

verb (used with object),ca·noed, ca·noe·ing.
  1. to transport or carry by canoe.

Idioms about canoe

  1. paddle one's own canoe, Informal.

    • to handle one's own affairs; manage independently.

    • to mind one's own business.

Origin of canoe

1545–55; <French <Spanish canoa<Arawak; replacing canoa<Spanish

Other words from canoe

  • ca·noe·ist, noun

Words that may be confused with canoe

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How to use canoe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for canoe


/ (kəˈnuː) /

  1. a light narrow open boat, propelled by one or more paddles

  2. NZ another word for waka (def. 1)

  1. in the same canoe NZ of the same tribe

verb-noes, -noeing or -noed
  1. to go in a canoe or transport by canoe

Origin of canoe

C16: from Spanish canoa, of Carib origin

Derived forms of canoe

  • canoeing, noun
  • canoeist, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with canoe


see paddle one's own canoe.

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