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kayak

[ kahy-ak ]
/ ˈkaɪ æk /
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noun
a traditional Inuit or Yupik 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.
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Also kai·ak, ky·ack, ky·ak .

Origin of kayak

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

OTHER WORDS FROM kayak

kay·ak·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for kayak

kayak

kaiak

/ (ˈkaɪæk) /

noun
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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