A woman in a kayak.
- an Eskimo canoe made of skins completely covering a wooden frame except for an opening in the middle for the paddler
- any similarly designed canoe for one or two paddlers, made of canvas, plastic, fiberglass, etc.
Origin of kayakEskimo
- An Inuit or Yupik boat consisting of a light wooden frame covered with watertight skins except for a single or double opening in the center, and propelled by a double-bladed paddle.
- A lightweight boat of similar or open design.
verbkay·aked, kay·ak·ing, kay·aks
Origin of kayakInuit and Yupik qajaq.
(third-person singular simple present kayaks, present participle kayaking, simple past and past participle kayaked)
From Inuktitut (Western Canadian Inuktitut) ᖃᔭᖅ (qajaq, “man's boat”), from Proto-Eskimo *qyaq.