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

In the next week or so, five adventurers will attempt to paddle a primitive hand-hewn canoe across 200 kilometers of ocean in hopes of revealing how humans originally populated East China Sea islands. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Explorers to voyage to Japan in primitive boat in hopes of unlocking an ancient mystery," 2 July 2019 Standing up gives him more freedom and a better view of his route compared to a canoe or kayak. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Wisconsin man is traveling 870 miles from Duluth to the Arctic Ocean all in a stand-up paddleboard," 26 June 2019 At the town’s annual CanoeFest in 2010, the CanoeFest Fryers Club filled a canoe with fried chicken for what was then a Guinness world record for the largest serving of fried chicken: 1,645 pounds. Michael Ruhlman, New York Times, "If It’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken," 18 June 2019 Deputies say Mead and his friend were camping and went out in a canoe at about 2 a.m. Both the friend and a dog safely swam to the shore. oregonlive.com, "Bend man identified in Wickiup Reservoir drowning," 16 June 2019 Cliff Jacobson, a professional canoe guide and author of outdoors books out of River Falls, Wis., says to think about how long the food will need to be cold. Washington Post, "Experts’ favorite coolers for picnics, camping and more," 19 June 2019 An engaging wooden canoe seat takes its pride of place behind glass at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Its programs include storytelling, film, theater, imagination workshops, maker sessions (like canoe-building), journalism classes and summer camps. Jen Banowetz, chicagotribune.com, "Have some folky fun at Riverside fest at Cantigny," 13 June 2019 Researchers have found that nearly 83 percent of those attacked in East Timor in the past 11 years were subsistence fishing, using small canoes or wading in the water. Matthew Abbott, New York Times, "The Revered Crocodiles of This Island Nation Have Suddenly Started Killing People," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s no swimming in the creek but visitors can canoe and fish. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "10 of the best campgrounds within a few hours of Indianapolis," 21 June 2019 When his five children were younger, the Lauders spent their days mountain biking in the woods or canoeing from one lake to another via a slim waterway to visit friends on a neighboring lake. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A Hamlet Hideaway for Wealthy New Yorkers," 7 Nov. 2018 Go canoeing or hiking, or just drive around and take tons of cool pics. The Editors, Seventeen, "The Best Road Trips to Take With Your Besties," 27 Aug. 2018 In the course of writing his Outside story on public access to beaches bordering private property along California’s Russian River, Chris Colin tried canoeing down the river and landing on contested pieces of shoreline to see what would happen. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Russian River Roulette," 14 June 2018 Defying government orders, Delta native W. Hodding Carter and two wet-ass pals canoed 300 miles from Memphis to Vicksburg—surfing the crest, watching wildlife cope with the rising tide and assessing 75 years of levee building. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Travel Stories We've Ever Told," 1 July 2018 Don’t: Forget your customizable Chacos, which can go from canoeing to hiking to hammocking. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "4 Tips for Planning Group Getaways," 1 July 2018 Of all the things to get yourself into this summer, the most peaceful might be kayaking and canoeing through the waters that fill our region. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "Children separated at border held in Pa., Malcolm Jenkins responds to Trump's pardon request | Morning Newsletter," 22 June 2018 Kayak or canoe the marsh to see great blue herons, Canada geese and hundreds of other bird species. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "By boat, bike or foot, Horicon Marsh is a Wisconsin treasure," 31 May 2018

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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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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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