a narrow, light boat with its sides meeting in a sharp edge at each end: it is moved by one or more paddles
Origin of canoeearlier canoa from Spanish (used by Columbus in 1493) from Carib
intransitive verb-·noed′, -·noe′ing
to paddle, or go in, a canoe
to transport by canoe
A light, slender, usually open boat that has pointed ends and is propelled by paddles.
verbca·noed, ca·noe·ing, ca·noes
To carry or send by canoe.
To travel in or propel a canoe.
Origin of canoeFrench canoe Spanish canoa (French) ( from Spanish) of Cariban origin
- A small long and narrow boat, propelled by one or more people (depending on the size of canoe), using single-bladed paddles. The paddlers face in the direction of travel, in either a seated position, or kneeling on the bottom of the boat. Canoes are open on top, and pointed at both ends.
- (slang) An oversize, usually older, luxury car.
(third-person singular simple present canoes, present participle canoeing, simple past and past participle canoed)
OriginSee also: canoë