[ kahy-ak ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.

verb (used without object)
  1. to go or travel by kayak.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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
  • Also kai·ak, ky·ack, ky·ak .

Other words from kayak

  • kay·ak·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for kayak



/ (ˈkaɪæk) /

  1. a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins

  2. a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design

Origin of kayak

C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)

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