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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Example sentences
These dramatic ravines offer breathtaking panoramas, especially when you're canoeing the twisting, cliff-lined waters.
Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore the park's mangrove-fringed shorelines and shallow bay waters.
While river levels do fluctuate, the river is rarely too low for canoeing.
The park features cabins and campsites and is a popular spot for fishing, canoeing, bird watching and hiking.
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