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 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 Guests can also spend their days in spice-blending seminars, or hiking the expansive lands around the resort, heading out to its stunning lake for a romantic canoe ride, or take to horseback for a leisurely ride through the hills. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Ride Horseback to Breakfast and Learn the Art of Cowboy Cooking at This California BBQ Bootcamp," 30 Dec. 2020 The Astrapouch also takes up significantly less room in a refrigerator or canoe than most boxed wines. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "A to-go pouch takes the ouch out of wine’s carbon footprint," 23 Nov. 2020 Bud Helmericks, his wife explained, had never even seen a canoe. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In the 1940s, 2 naïve, unprepared kids paddled down the Yukon River. The story of what happened is an Alaska classic.," 2 Jan. 2021 Humans share the wild canoe country with the natural world. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Senior care facilities, kids and the pandemic, Twin Metals, Line 3, mistletoe," 22 Dec. 2020 Out on the river, fishermen tap their canoe gunwales with oars to summon Irrawaddy dolphins, a beakless species that for centuries has collaborated with humans in the hunt. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller walking the world stumbles across a 2,000-year-old civilization along a fabled river," 4 Nov. 2020 Park himself avoided death by malaria by leaping out of a canoe to escape a hail of arrows and drowning in rapids in what is now Nigeria. The Economist, "Bloodsuckers How malaria has shaped humanity," 16 Dec. 2020 More than 1,000 years later, the multimillion-dollar cultural center Manea Footprints of Kupe opens this month near the spot where Kupe's canoe allegedly came ashore. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Seeing New Zealand's North Island Through a Maori Lens," 15 Dec. 2020 This two-person canoe is a manageable weight and offers plenty of room to store gear. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, "9 Essential Pieces of Duck Hunting Gear for Beginners," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hoversten intended to canoe a couple miles south to the Seward Airport. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward man dies while canoeing Resurrection River, troopers say," 18 Aug. 2020 At high tide, the Lenape people could canoe across Manhattan from the East River to the Hudson; Times Square was a maple swamp at the confluence of two creeks dammed by beavers. Willa Glickman, The New York Review of Books, "New York’s Rising Tides: Climate Inequality and Sandy’s Legacy," 19 Mar. 2020 The others reported being able to canoe, ice fish, and ride a snowmobile. Shafaq Zia, STAT, "Mind-controlled prosthetic arm enables patients to feel the objects they grip," 30 Apr. 2020 The two went missing following a canoeing accident last week after reports said two people canoeing in the Chesapeake Bay were capsized by strong winds, the news release said. Fox News, "Body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean discovered days after canoeing accident," 7 Apr. 2020 McKean, who is the granddaughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and her 8-year-old son, Gideon, went missing Thursday afternoon while canoeing on Chesapeake Bay. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Heartbroken': Body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter found while young son still missing," 6 Apr. 2020 For National Geographic Traveler, he's covered a lot of ground–canoeing the Yukon, hiking Chiapas jungles at night, looking for kudu in Kenya, sizing up camels at UAE markets, and creating itineraries out of David Bowie's bio. Robert Reid, National Geographic, "Robert Reid," 5 Oct. 2019 My favorite activity – besides the drive itself – was canoeing on Lake Louise with Bette. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Canine bucket list: 7 great dog-friendly locations you should visit with your fur child," 31 Dec. 2019 Rella met her husband Donald Dickie at a canoeing party. courant.com, "Rella S. Dickie," 30 Nov. 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

27 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Canoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canoe. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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