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canoe

[kuh-noo] /kəˈnu/
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.
  1. to handle one's own affairs; manage independently.
  2. to mind one's own business.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < French < Spanish canoa < Arawak; replacing canoa < Spanish
Related forms
canoeist, noun
Can be confused
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Examples from the web for canoe
  • 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.
  • When the weather warms, there's no better place to launch a canoe trip.
  • Hopefully the kids will stick around for the campfires, the hikes and the canoe trips after they get the video game belt loop.
  • The troops move by dug-out canoe or walk the forest paths.
  • The pervasive silence is broken only by the occasional canoe paddle or the riffle of an angry bonefish.
  • The area is quiet and remote and offers canoe and raft rentals for visitors.
  • Shivering in the predawn chill, he helped paddle a canoe a mile out from shore.
British Dictionary definitions for canoe

canoe

/kəˈnuː/
noun
1.
a light narrow open boat, propelled by one or more paddles
2.
(NZ) another word for waka (sense 1)
3.
(NZ) in the same canoe, of the same tribe
verb -noes, -noeing, -noed
4.
to go in a canoe or transport by canoe
Derived Forms
canoeing, noun
canoeist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish canoa, of Carib origin
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Word Origin and History for canoe
n.

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.

v.

1842, from canoe (n.). Related: Canoed; canoing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for canoe

canoe

verb

To kiss and caress, etc; make out, neck: Her old man had been hearing about me and Daisy canoeing

[1930s+; probably fr canoodle]


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