- 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 canoeing
There is no merit badge yet for Dragon Boat racing, although there is one for canoeing.Bros Love Dragon Boats
August 10, 2014
Chief interests: painting, tenting, canoeing, and hunting in Maine.
Yachting and canoeing are fine pastimes in this land of waterways.Through Finland in Carts
Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
On the contrary, their experience in canoeing had hitherto been slight.The Norsemen in the West
Canoeing down the Licking, on the first day of August they crossed the Ohio.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
Therefore "canoeing 323 and carrying" is the method of transportation.America, Volume IV (of 6)
- 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 canoeing
1870, verbal noun from canoe (v.). Related: 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.
Idioms and Phrases with canoeing
see paddle one's own canoe.