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 Sunday: Take out a free kayak or canoe from Hallets Cove at Socrates Sculpture Park. New York Times, "A Very Full Day at Snug Harbor on Staten Island (and Where to Eat and Drink Nearby)," 28 Aug. 2019 Everything is included in the price of the exploration including the canoe rental, life jackets and tour guide. Valerie Bonk, baltimoresun.com, "Here are 3 things to do in Harford County with the kids this fall to enjoy the great outdoors," 19 Aug. 2019 Beginner and advanced enthusiasts paddled kayaks, canoes and paddleboards along the 4.5 mile route on Clear Creek that began and ended at the park. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Creek Paddle Race is cool fun for beginners and experts," 17 Aug. 2019 The shores of the Jordan River are dotted with numerous hiking trails, a pair of campgrounds — Pinney Bridge and Graves Crossing — and plenty of spots to launch kayaks or canoes. Damien Dennis, chicagotribune.com, "Camping in Northern Michigan means having it all, away from it all," 31 July 2019 A few feet downstream is a put-in for river-riders using canoes and kayaks. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas water and environmental officials investigating murky, pungent discharge into Trinity River," 30 July 2019 Nevada law mandates that boaters at least carry a life jacket with them on the vessel, including kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards. USA TODAY, "Big butter sculpture, sweet guitar, owl released: News from around our 50 states," 24 July 2019 After the boat tour, visitors wanting more time on the water can explore kayak and canoe rentals in the park. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Springs Guide: Silver Springs State Park," 22 July 2019 Our group fishes from kayaks, canoes and light rowboats. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "May: Fishing in the summer shallows, Part 2," 20 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Something from a reader So far, Summer readers have suggested visiting a night market in the Bronx, going on a brewery crawl in Queens and canoeing in Brooklyn. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "Camping on Staten Island, an Outdoor Adventure Without Leaving N.Y.C.," 17 July 2019 The two campers, one about 20-years old and one about 50-years old, had gone canoeing Monday morning. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "St. Paul Fire’s rescue team finds boaters lost on remote island in Leech Lake," 19 Aug. 2019 The River, by Peter Heller Wild northern Canada is the immersive backdrop for this thriller about two college friends who are canoeing the Maskwa River to the Hudson Bay. Amy Alipio, National Geographic, "13 new books for spring break trips," 6 Mar. 2019 Everything has to be structured outdoors—upper body exercises will be things like canoeing. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "How Djokovic's Mental Training Helped Him at Wimbledon | Beyond the Baseline Podcast," 25 July 2019 Optional rentals of standup paddle boards ($55) or tubes ($25) are available from Sports Basement, and those want to canoe or kayak can be dropped at a local outfitter. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "Move over, ski bus. There’s a Russian River bus now.," 24 July 2019 Gina Felter, principal of Outdoor School, and her staff are volunteering their time to run the outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, a night hike, and time on their ropes course. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Camp Thrive serves middle-schoolers whose lives have been touched by addiction-related loss or trauma," 20 July 2019 Storey used traditional camp activities such as horseback riding, archery, picnics, campfires, log cabins, boating, scouting and canoeing for inspiration. Bonnie Mccarthy, latimes.com, "We went behind the scenes of the new ‘Big Brother’ house in Studio City," 6 July 2019 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

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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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Time Traveler for canoe

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The first known use of canoe was in 1555

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Last Updated

26 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Canoe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canoed. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for canoe

canoe

noun
How to pronounce canoe (audio)

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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