Adopted in 16th century from Spanish canoa, from Taíno *kanowa (“dugout canoe”) (compare Arawak kanoa (“canoe”), Wayuu anuwa, anua (“boat, canoe”)), from Proto-Arawak *kanawa.
canoe (plural canoes)
- 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.
canoe (third-person singular simple present canoes, present participle canoeing, simple past and past participle canoed)
- To ride or paddle a canoe.