the sport of coasting or competing in races on a bobsled.

Nearby words

  1. bobowler,
  2. bobruisk,
  3. bobrun,
  4. bobruysk,
  5. bobsled,
  6. bobsleigh,
  7. bobstay,
  8. bobsy-die,
  9. bobtail,
  10. bobweight

Origin of bobsledding

First recorded in 1830–40; bobsled + -ing1




a sled having two pairs of runners, a brake, and a steering wheel or other mechanism that enables the front rider to direct the sled down a steeply banked run or chute.
a sled formed of two short sleds coupled one behind the other.
either of the sleds thus coupled.

verb (used without object), bob·sled·ded, bob·sled·ding.

to ride on a bobsled.

Origin of bobsled

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; bob2 + sled

Related formsbob·sled·der, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bobsledding

  • "I used to do a lot of bobsledding myself," said the professor, who was well liked by nearly all the cadets.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt|Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)

Word Origin and History for bobsledding



1839, from bob (n.2) + sled (n.). So called because it is a short type.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper