verb (used without object), ca·noed, ca·noe·ing.
verb (used with object), ca·noed, ca·noe·ing.
- to handle one's own affairs; manage independently.
- to mind one's own business.
Origin of canoe
verb -noes, -noeing or -noed
Word Origin for canoe
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.
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]
see paddle one's own canoe.