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

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 Two men were rescued at Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport on Sunday after their canoe capsized, according to police. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 31 July 2022 Nibbled by mice, a home to raccoons, the canoe can yet remember happier days. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 The canoe scraped over some rocks, then some more, and started to list sideways. Florence Williams, Outside Online, 1 Feb. 2022 The canoe is on display outside the restaurant’s entrance, along with a tee pee and other Native American imagery throughout. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Nov. 2021 One man swam to shore with their gear, while Wayne Morrow, of Fort Lupton, Colo., remained with the canoe. Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 The canoe, valued at $500, was returned to the club, where officials declined to press charges for this incident. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 10 June 2022 The team named Every Child Matters won the four-person canoe category with a record time of 50:23:11. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 29 June 2022 The upload showed the couple embarking on an intimate canoe ride and included a snap of the pair kissing. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 20 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The World Games is a competition for sports that aren’t part of the Olypmics - and there are some fun ones set to be featured, from korfball to tug of war to canoe polo. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 4 July 2022 Experience the Ohio River in one of two ways: kayak or canoe the traditional 9-mile trip, or paddle the shorter 4.5-mile distance. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 17 June 2022 In addition to serving as a regional museum, the center is a gathering place for cultural activities, including language preservation and learning traditional practices, from tool making to canoe carving and food gathering. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2022 Getting to the falls also means having to canoe with a local tour operator. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Guests can also canoe, fish, or rent a paddleboat while out at the river. Priscilla Aguirre, Chron, 17 Sep. 2021 Natalie went on to canoe more rivers, to lead trips for young people, to advocate for rivers and clean water, and to build a career out of environmental communication. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2021 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 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Canoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canoe. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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