Origin of tobogganCanadian French tabagan, tobagan ; from an Algonquian language: compare Micmac topa?an
intransitive verbto·bog·ganed, to·bog·gan·ing, to·bog·gans
- To coast, ride, or travel on a toboggan.
- Slang To decline or fall rapidly: His good fortune has tobogganed.
Origin of tobogganCanadian French tobagan, from Mi'kmaq topaghan.
- to·bog′gan·er, to·bog′gan·ist
- A long sled without runners, with the front end curled upwards, which may be pulled across snow by a cord or used to coast down hills.
- (North America) A similar sled of wood, pulled by dogs, possibly with steel runners, made to transport cargo.
- (southern US) a winter hat or ski mask
- Something which, once it starts going (figuratively) downhill, is unstoppable until it reaches the bottom.
(third-person singular simple present toboggans, present participle tobogganing, simple past and past participle tobogganed)
- to slide down a hill on a toboggan or other object
- to (figuratively) go downhill unstoppably until one reaches the bottom.
The noun is attested since 1829, the verb since 1846. Both derive from French tabaganne, which derives from an Algonquian word, probably the Mi'kmaq tepaqan or the Abenaki dabÃ´gan, influenced by similar words in other Eastern Canadian Indian languages. The US sense, "hat", is recorded in 1929, and toboggan cap in 1928.