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 canoe (audio) \ adjective
canoeist \ kə-​ˈnü-​ist How to pronounce canoe (audio) \ noun
canoer \ kə-​ˈnü-​ər How to pronounce canoe (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 According to Conable, his original vision of the Caribe was loosely based on the shape of a canoe. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 27 May 2021 And to celebrate, Big Easy falls out of the canoe and fully submerges in the water in the least graceful way. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 21 May 2021 In the canoe, the foursome has honed its routine with multiple long-distance training trips, including a final two-day affair in April, covering 264 miles from north of Aitkin to the metro. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Ramirez and a dog in the canoe escaped to the west bank of the river, Indianapolis Fire Department officials said. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr. 2021 Blessed with access and resources, Mr. Baugh spent his youth in nature, paddling his canoe up tributaries of Maryland’s Severn River. Jacob Baynham, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2021 Efraimov makes a gorgeous Adjarulian khachapuri, with its famous tapered canoe shape and a molten center of salty cheese (in this case a mix of mozzarella and feta) and egg. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Not surprisingly, the record has roots in previous tries by canoe-loving Minnesotans. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 The water ran cool and clear during our canoe camping trip. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cleawox Lake at Honeyman State Park, with a wide, deep lake surrounded on one side by sand dunes and another by forest, is the perfect place to swim or canoe in the summer. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 Hoversten intended to canoe a couple miles south to the Seward Airport. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2020 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, 19 Mar. 2020 The others reported being able to canoe, ice fish, and ride a snowmobile. Shafaq Zia, STAT, 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, 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, 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, 5 Oct. 2019 My favorite activity – besides the drive itself – was canoeing on Lake Louise with Bette. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 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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14 Jul 2021

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“Canoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canoe. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for canoe

canoe

noun

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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