or kai·ak, ky·ack, ky·ak
- an Eskimo canoe with a skin cover on a light framework, made watertight by flexible closure around the waist of the occupant and propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
- a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.
- to go or travel by kayak.
- to travel on by kayak: to kayak the Colorado River.
Origin of kayak
First recorded in 1750–60, kayak is from the Inuit word qayaq
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Examples from the Web for kayaking
Lesser sports facilities—used for rowing, baseball, and kayaking contests in the 2008 Games—now seem deserted.Architectural White Elephants: Beijing, London, and the Post-Olympics Curse
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Kayaking certainly proves a compelling metaphor for both writing and grief.
Like writing, kayaking is all a balancing act, a one-man show of force and skill.
- a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins
- a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design
C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)
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Word Origin and History for kayaking
1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun.
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