canoe

noun
ca·​noe | \ kə-ˈnü How to pronounce canoe (audio) \

Definition of canoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light narrow boat with both ends sharp that is usually propelled by paddling

canoe

verb
canoed; canoeing

Definition of canoe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to transport in a canoe also : to travel by canoe down (a river)

intransitive verb

: to go or travel in a canoe

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Other Words from canoe

Verb

canoeable \ kə-​ˈnü-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce canoeable (audio) \ adjective
canoeist \ kə-​ˈnü-​ist How to pronounce canoeist (audio) \ noun
canoer \ kə-​ˈnü-​ər How to pronounce canoer (audio) \ noun

Examples of canoe in a Sentence

Verb He canoed down the river to the camp. They canoed part of the Colorado River this summer.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The challenging trip requires 100-yard portages on steep trails, and participants must bring their own canoe or kayak. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Band owls, climb trees and more on the popular NRF field trips, which are still on for 2020," 9 July 2020 The canoe broached and the underwater hydraulic against the wall sucked me down. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ten life-and-death moments in columnist Tom Stienstra’s 40 years in the outdoors," 30 June 2020 Millennium Park is a 100-acre park in the West Roxbury neighborhood with hiking trails, accessible walking trails, fields and a canoe launch (formerly a landfill and covered by dirt excavated from the Big Dig). Washington Post, "As summer gets underway, a look at this year’s 10 best U.S. cities for parks," 26 June 2020 Lenee Crowley shared a video to Twitter on Wednesday of her husband rowing a neighbor in their canoe to a nearby home on General Haig Street. Fox News, "New Orleans sees flooding on over 100 streets from heavy rain, pumps to drain city impacted by turbine outage," 11 June 2020 We were enamored of paddling water that rarely, if ever, saw a canoe. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Survival Skills," 5 June 2020 Give dad the gift of alone time, with this new one-man canoe from Old Town. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Outdoor Life Father’s Day Gift Guide," 1 June 2020 Season two of Homecoming begins with Jackie (Monae) waking up in a canoe floating in the middle of a lake. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Seasons 1& 2 Of Amazon’s Homecoming Share A Sinister Plot Twist," 26 May 2020 Take only your choicest lures out onto your canoe or kayak in this waterproof container. Outdoor Life, "Four ways to organize your fishing gear," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At high tide, the Lenape people could canoe across Manhattan from the East River to the Hudson; Times Square was a maple swamp at the confluence of two creeks dammed by beavers. Willa Glickman, The New York Review of Books, "New York’s Rising Tides: Climate Inequality and Sandy’s Legacy," 19 Mar. 2020 The others reported being able to canoe, ice fish, and ride a snowmobile. Shafaq Zia, STAT, "Mind-controlled prosthetic arm enables patients to feel the objects they grip," 30 Apr. 2020 The two went missing following a canoeing accident last week after reports said two people canoeing in the Chesapeake Bay were capsized by strong winds, the news release said. Fox News, "Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean discovered days after canoeing accident," 7 Apr. 2020 McKean, who is the granddaughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and her 8-year-old son, Gideon, went missing Thursday afternoon while canoeing on Chesapeake Bay. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Heartbroken': Body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter found while young son still missing," 6 Apr. 2020 For National Geographic Traveler, he's covered a lot of ground–canoeing the Yukon, hiking Chiapas jungles at night, looking for kudu in Kenya, sizing up camels at UAE markets, and creating itineraries out of David Bowie's bio. Robert Reid, National Geographic, "Robert Reid," 5 Oct. 2019 My favorite activity – besides the drive itself – was canoeing on Lake Louise with Bette. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Canine bucket list: 7 great dog-friendly locations you should visit with your fur child," 31 Dec. 2019 Rella met her husband Donald Dickie at a canoeing party. courant.com, "Rella S. Dickie," 30 Nov. 2019 Agostini traveled all over Europe and South America, crossing the Andes twice and canoeing down the continent’s major rivers. Smithsonian, "The Inspiring Monk Who Lived in a New Mexico Cave," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of canoe

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for canoe

Noun

French, from New Latin canoa, from Spanish, from Arawakan, of Cariban origin; akin to Carib kana:wa canoe

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Time Traveler for canoe

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The first known use of canoe was in 1555

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Last Updated

13 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Canoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canoe. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for canoe

canoe

noun
How to pronounce canoe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of canoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long narrow boat that is pointed at both ends and that is moved by a paddle with one blade

canoe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of canoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go or travel in a canoe

canoe

noun
ca·​noe | \ kə-ˈnü How to pronounce canoe (audio) \

Kids Definition of canoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long light narrow boat with pointed ends and curved sides that is usually moved by a paddle

canoe

verb
canoed; canoeing

Kids Definition of canoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel or carry in a canoe We canoed across the lake.

Other Words from canoe

canoeist \ -​ˈnü-​ist \ noun

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