Origin of bobsledding

First recorded in 1830–40; bobsled + -ing1


  1. 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.
  2. a sled formed of two short sleds coupled one behind the other.
  3. either of the sleds thus coupled.
verb (used without object), bob·sled·ded, bob·sled·ding.
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for bobsledding

Historical Examples of 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