careen

[kuh-reen]

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object) Nautical.

noun

a careening.
Nautical. the position of a careened ship.

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Nearby words

  1. care package,
  2. care plan,
  3. care-free,
  4. care-taker,
  5. care-worm,
  6. career,
  7. career girl,
  8. career woman,
  9. careerism,
  10. careerist

Origin of careen

1585–95 for def 9; < Middle French carine < Latin carīna keel, nutshell; akin to Greek káryon nut

Related formsca·reen·er, noun

Can be confusedcareen career

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British Dictionary definitions for careen

careen

verb

to sway or cause to sway dangerously over to one side
(tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to keel over to one side, esp in order to clean or repair its bottom
(intr) nautical (of a vessel) to keel over to one side
Derived Formscareenage, nouncareener, noun

Word Origin for careen

C17: from French carène keel, from Italian carena, from Latin carīna keel

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Word Origin and History for careen

careen

v.

1590s, "to turn a ship on its side" (with the keel exposed), from French cariner, literally "to expose a ship's keel," from Middle French carene "keel" (16c.), from Italian (Genoese dialect) carena, from Latin carina "keel of a ship," originally "nutshell," possibly from PIE root *kar- "hard" (see hard (adj.)).

Intransitive sense of "to lean, to tilt" is from 1763, specifically of ships; in general use by 1883. In sense "to rush headlong," confused with career (v.) since at least 1923. [To career is to move rapidly; to careen is to lurch from side to side (often while moving rapidly).] Earlier figurative uses of careen were "to be laid up; to rest." Related: Careened; careening.

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