or kai·ak, ky·ack, ky·ak
- 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.
- to go or travel by kayak.
- to travel on by kayak: to kayak the Colorado River.
Origin of kayak
First recorded in 1750–60, kayak is from the Inuit word qayaq
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Examples from the Web for kaiak
Others are placed in the house-roof or in the tent; or in the kaiak to prevent it from capsizing.
But the most important thing of all yet remains, and that is a description of the kaiak itself.
The two great animals are fastened one on each side of the kaiak.
This done, the half-jacket forms, as it were, a water-tight extension of the kaiak.
If it once gets up on the kaiak and capsizes it, there is little hope of rescue.
- a variant of kayak
- 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
C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper