canoe

[16] Like cannibal, canoe is a word of Caribbean origin. In the language of the local Carib people it was canaoua, and it passed via Arawakan into Spanish (recorded by Christopher Columbus) as canoa. That was the form in which it first came into English; modern canoe is due to the influence of French canoe. Originally, the word was used for referring to any simple boat used by ‘primitive’ tribes; it was not until the late 18th century that a more settled idea of what we would today recognize as a canoe began to emerge.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Canoe — Ca*noe , n.; pl. {Canoes}. [Sp. canoa, fr. Caribbean can[ a]oa.] 1. A boat used by rude nations, formed of trunk of a tree, excavated, by cutting of burning, into a suitable shape. It is propelled by a paddle or paddles, or sometimes by sail, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canoe — ca*noe (k[.a]*n[=oo] ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Canoed} (k[.a]*n[=oo]d ) p. pr. & vb. n. {Canoeing} (k[.a]*n[=oo] [i^]ng).] To manage a canoe, or voyage in a canoe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canoe — ☆ canoe [kə no͞o′] n. [earlier canoa < Sp (used by Columbus in 1493) < Carib] a narrow, light boat with its sides meeting in a sharp edge at each end: it is moved by one or more paddles vi. canoed, canoeing to paddle, or go in, a canoe vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • canoe — ► NOUN ▪ a narrow keelless boat with pointed ends, propelled with a paddle. ► VERB (canoes, canoed, canoeing) ▪ travel in or paddle a canoe. DERIVATIVES canoeist noun. ORIGIN Spanish canoa, from …   English terms dictionary

  • Canoe — (ind.), so v.w. Canot …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • canoe — 1550s, from Sp. canoa, term used by Columbus, from Arawakan (Haiti) canaoua. Extended to rough made or dugout boats generally. Early variants in English included cano, canow, canoa, etc., before spelling settled down c.1600. As a verb, attested… …   Etymology dictionary

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