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canoe

[ kuh-noo ]
/ kəˈnu /
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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.

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Nearby words

cannular, cannulate, cannulation, canny, canoas, canoe, canoe birch, canoe slalom, canoeing, canoeist, 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 paddle one's own 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with paddle one's own canoe (1 of 2)

paddle one's own canoe


Be independent and self-reliant, as in It's time Bill learned to paddle his own canoe. This idiom alludes to steering one's own boat. [c. 1800]

Idioms and Phrases with paddle one's own canoe (2 of 2)

canoe


see paddle one's own canoe.

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