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canoe Syllabification: ca·noe
Pronunciation: /kəˈno͞o/

Definition of canoe in English:


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A narrow, keelless boat with pointed ends, propelled by a paddle or paddles.
Example sentences
  • Instruction is given in the use of kayaks, two-seater canoes and motor boats.
  • Their boats are outrigger canoes, and outboard engines are not allowed.
  • Most of the vessels in the area are canoes and powered banana boats used for fishing and ferrying people.

verb (canoes, canoeing, canoed)

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Travel in or paddle a canoe: he had once canoed down the Nile
More example sentences
  • Since then, traveling with several different partners, I've cycled and canoed through Canada and Alaska, rowed the Bering Sea, and trekked, skied, and biked 14,000 miles across Eurasia.
  • I have swum in, canoed, windsurfed and sailed on the lake for many years and the biggest hassle for me has never been fast and noisy speedboats.
  • I have canoed, fished, sailed and more recently I have become qualified in powerboats.


Pronunciation: /kəˈno͞oəst/
Example sentences
  • But he managed to right the dinghy and get ashore to rescue the canoeists and bring them back on board the lifeboat.
  • For years, kayakers and canoeists along the Hudson River near the old industrial town of Newburgh, 60 miles north of New York City, wondered about the oily stuff that occasionally coated their oars.
  • Krait successfully rendezvoused with the six canoeists and despite some anxious moments when she was shadowed by a Japanese destroyer near Lombok Strait returned safely to Exmouth Gulf in early October.


Mid 16th century: from Spanish canoa, from Arawak, from Carib canaoua.

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