or kai·ak, ky·ack, ky·ak

[ kahy-ak ]
/ ˈkaɪ æk /


an Eskimo canoe with a skin cover on a light framework, made watertight by flexible closure around the waist of the occupant and propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.

verb (used without object)

to go or travel by kayak.

verb (used with object)

to travel on by kayak: to kayak the Colorado River.

Nearby words

  1. kawasaki,
  2. kawasaki disease,
  3. kawasaki's disease,
  4. kawau,
  5. kay,
  6. kaye,
  7. kayes,
  8. kayibanda,
  9. kayibanda, grégoire,
  10. kayla

Origin of kayak

First recorded in 1750–60, kayak is from the Inuit word qayaq

Related formskay·ak·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for kaiak


/ (ˈkaɪæk) /


a variant of kayak



/ (ˈkaɪæk) /


a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins
a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design

Word Origin for kayak

C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)

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Word Origin and History for kaiak



1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun.

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