Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[pi-rohg, pee-rohg] /pɪˈroʊg, ˈpi roʊg/
piragua (def 1).
a native boat, especially an American dugout.
Origin of pirogue
1655-65; < French < Spanish piragua piragua Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pirogue
Historical Examples
  • He was even more distressed when he sighted the clump of gum trees near by which he and Bill had purloined the pirogue.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • I had made this reconnoissance while my companion was engaged in fastening his pirogue to the tree.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • She reached the other bank safely, tied the pirogue, and ran into the house.

    The Shadow of Victory Myrtle Reed
  • I shall land in the pirogue with the doctor and the boatswain.

  • A savage had his hand flung about the mast of the pirogue, others laid hold upon the painter.

  • A dozen held tremblingly to the pirogue's gunwale, lest they fall and drown.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • As but few could work at the pirogue at a time, pains were taken to find diversion for the rest to keep them in high spirits.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6 Charles H. Sylvester
  • He had but one pirogue, in which were his wife and children.

  • Probably the news of the massacre of the French had already reached this people, for no pirogue approached the vessels.

  • And he bade us leg it for the pirogue and carry word to you.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
British Dictionary definitions for pirogue


any of various kinds of dugout canoes
Word Origin
C17: via French from Spanish piragua
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pirogue

1660s, from French pirogue, probably from Galibi (a Carib language) piragua "a dug-out." Cf. Spanish piragua (1530s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for pirogue

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pirogue