canoe

[kuh-noo]
noun
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), canoed, canoeing.
3.
to paddle a canoe.
4.
to go in a canoe.
verb (used with object), canoed, canoeing.
5.
to transport or carry by canoe.
Idioms
6.
paddle one's own canoe, Informal.
a.
to handle one's own affairs; manage independently.
b.
to mind one's own business.

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

canoeist, noun

barge, boat, canoe, cruise ship, sailboat, ship, yacht.
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canoe (kəˈnuː)
 
n
1.  a light narrow open boat, propelled by one or more paddles
2.  (NZ) another word for waka
3.  (NZ) in the same canoe of the same tribe
 
vb , -noes, -noeing, -noed
4.  to go in a canoe or transport by canoe
 
[C16: from Spanish canoa, of Carib origin]
 
ca'noeing
 
n
 
ca'noeist
 
n

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Word Origin & History

canoe
1550s, from Sp. canoa, term used by Columbus, from Arawakan (Haiti) canaoua. Extended to rough-made or dugout boats generally.
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Idioms & Phrases

canoe

see paddle one's own canoe.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Typically, climbers use a small boat or canoe to get themselves to a remote sea cliff.
To avoid them, rap your canoe with your paddle as you go.
Your flat-bottom canoe will dodge caiman and be portaged past dry patches in
  the trucks of local ranchers.
Elders worry about how modernization pushes out words for traditional skills,
  such as long-distance canoe navigation.
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