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 Makah people have throughout their history also harvested stranded whales such as this one, as well as taking to the sea to hunt whales by harpoon from canoes. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale killed by ship near Neah Bay now a harvest celebration as Makah Nation prepares feast," 24 Aug. 2018 Tourists swim, canoe and take cruises in the gorge among freshwater crocodiles, a different species that are small, timid and rarely harm humans. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge," 10 July 2018 Go on a night excursion by foot or canoe, fish for piranha, and stay in one of eleven tree houses, built into Ironwood trees dozens of feet off the forest floor. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 Before opening on November 9, Filson completed the vision by filling the space with canoes, couches, taxidermy, boots, bags, and jackets. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How Filson Moved a 161-Year-Old Barn into NYC," 15 Nov. 2018 The waves had grown to two feet overnight, but the canoe handled them well. Porter Fox, New York Times, "On a Canoe Trip Along the U.S.-Canada Border, Solitude and Shooting Stars," 20 June 2018 The woman was able to grab a life jacket from the canoe and swim to safety. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Three weeks after he fell overboard, body of Boise canoeist found in Snake River | Idaho Statesman," 15 May 2018 Launch kayaks, canoes, or small motorboats from the riverbank boat ramps on the south end of the reservation. BostonGlobe.com, "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 Rather than jet-setting, these go-getters are unplugging with projects like building a canoe or writing a book. Carrie Seim, The Seattle Times, "Forget vacation, the hot thing to take is a ‘creative hiatus’," 27 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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