- a long, narrow, flat-bottomed sled made of a thin board curved upward and backward at the front, often with low handrails on the sides, used especially in the sport of coasting over snow or ice.
- to use, or coast on, a toboggan.
- to fall rapidly, as prices or one's fortune.
Origin of toboggan
Examples from the Web for toboggan
So running up to the top and seating myself on the toboggan I set it in motion.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
So steep is the descent that it may be compared to a Canadian toboggan slide.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
He struck the toboggan and he went down with an awful thump.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
The wet thaw of mid-day had frozen and the road was slippery as a toboggan slide.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
And will you tell me how they get back to the moon after they slide down the toboggan?Rootabaga Stories
- a light wooden frame on runners used for sliding over snow and ice
- a long narrow sledge made of a thin board curved upwards and backwards at the front
- (intr) to ride on a toboggan
Word Origin and History for toboggan
"long, flat-bottomed sled," 1829, from Canadian French tabagane, from Algonquian (probably Micmac) tobakun "a sled." The verb is recorded from 1846. As American English colloquial for a type of long woolen cap, it is recorded from 1929 (earlier toboggan cap, 1928), presumably because one wore such a cap while tobogganing.