—n. 1. any of various slender, open boats, tapering to a point at both ends, propelled by paddles or sometimes sails and traditionally formed of light framework covered with bark, skins, or canvas, or formed from a dug-out or burned-out log or logs, and now usually made of aluminum, fiberglass, etc.
2. any of various small, primitive light boats.
3. paddle one's own canoe,Informal. a. to handle one's own affairs; manage independently.
b. to mind one's own business.