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

Minihan captures some tremendously beautiful images throughout the movie, like the early overhead shot of Jackie and Jules in a vividly white little canoe on a stark black lake. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "What Keeps You Alive shows the importance of art in horror films," 24 Aug. 2018 The adventurous can take an outrigger canoe out onto the water or join a hike to see the area's waterfalls. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Beskow explained this over lunch in the school-like cafeteria onsite at the CSG, named La Pirogue, which means dugout canoe. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 The city plans to offer kayaks and canoes for rent at the park. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Lake Station nears fundraising goal for ADA-accessible kayak, canoe launch," 29 May 2018 In its early days, Fairbanks was a stop for steamboats traveling the Chena River; today visitors can rent kayaks or canoes and paddle the same waters. Kirsten Swann, Anchorage Daily News, "Exploring Fairbanks, the golden heart of Alaska," 3 May 2018 During the day, the whole group plays soccer against another troop camping out nearby and explores a pond by canoe. Cassie Spodak, CNN, "Being a Scout helped him find his identity. Now he's helping other immigrants do the same," 15 June 2018 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

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 \

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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