Kayak meaning

kīăk
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.
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An Eskimo canoe made of skins completely covering a wooden frame except for an opening in the middle for the paddler.
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Any similarly designed canoe for one or two paddlers, made of canvas, plastic, fiberglass, etc.
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To paddle, or go in, a kayak.
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A lightweight boat of similar or open design.
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A type of small boat, powered by the occupant or occupants using a double-bladed paddle in a sitting position.
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(intransitive) To use a kayak, to travel or race in a kayak.

Kayaking is an Olympic sport.

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To traverse a body of water by kayak.

On a dare, he kayaked the Harlem River in New York from Hell's Gate to Spyten Duyvil.

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To go, travel, or race in a kayak.
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To go or travel on (a body of water) by kayak.

Kayaked rapids of the Colorado River.

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Origin of kayak

  • Inuit Yupik qajaq

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Inuktitut (Western Canadian Inuktitut) ᖃᔭᖅ (qajaq, “man's boat”), from Proto-Eskimo *qyaq.

    From Wiktionary