[ kuh-reen ]
/ kəˈrin /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object) Nautical.


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


Origin of careen

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

Related forms

ca·reen·er, noun

Can be confused

careen career Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for careen


/ (kəˈriːn) /


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 Forms

careenage, nouncareener, noun

Word Origin for careen

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