canoe

noun
ca·noe | \kə-ˈnü \

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 \-ə-bəl \ adjective
canoeist \-ist \ noun
canoer \-ər \ 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 Trego, Jack's Canoe Rental rents canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and tubes for floating down the river. Mountain biking bliss By my third day in Namakagon, the rain had finally held off long enough for the trails to dry out. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cable is one of Wisconsin's best trail towns," 7 June 2018 Bob Morgan founded Greater Cincinnati's first commercial canoe, kayak and camping operation, Morgan’s Canoe Livery in Ft. Sam Rosenstiel, Cincinnati.com, "Bob Morgan, 85, founded canoe livery and championed the Little Miami River.," 4 Apr. 2018 Freighter-style canoes with outboard motors drifted adjacent to the dock. Brian Irwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Turn-of-the-century sporting camp offers relaxation, fly fishing," 11 July 2018 The canoes, most hand-built by students in the UrbanPromise Boatworks shop, hit the water near the Kaighn Avenue Dam. Will Feuer, Philly.com, "'Within this city..there is this beautiful river.' South Jersey canoe program aims to expand horizons and change lives," 8 July 2018 Cattails huddled against the shoreline, and paddles pulled the water back to move the canoe forward. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "DNR hosts free events for public to explore Lake Michigan Water Trail," 1 July 2018 The river serves as the community's Main Street, with neighbors coming and going by canoe, kayak or jet skis. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: A river runs through this northside retreat," 29 June 2018 Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area near Show Low has canoe, kayak and standup-paddleboard rentals. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Fourth of July in Arizona: Where you can go and where you can't," 27 June 2018 Activities include camping, kayak and canoe along the river paddling trail, picnicking, hiking, fishing and nature study. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "State parks abound in the San Antonio area," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In the years to come, the Dappen men would go on African safaris, scale the Cascades Range and canoe the Pacific Northwest. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Father, sons finish canoe trip 43 years later," 16 June 2018 This free event offers beginning canoeing instruction, paddling techniques and safety techniques before participants get on the water. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Ahoy, paddlers: Local lakes and rivers beckon," 13 June 2018 Fox and his then fiancée, Zanele Ndlovu, were canoeing on the Zambezi, one of Africa’s longest rivers when a crocodile attacked them on Apr. 30. Time, "Zimbabwe Couple Weds Days After Crocodile Bites Off Bride's Arm," 8 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 \

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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