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Origin of toboggan
OTHER WORDS FROM tobogganto·bog·gan·er, to·bog·gan·ist, noun
Words nearby toboggan
What does toboggan mean?
A toboggan is an old-timey sled. One kind is long and narrow with a curved-up front, and another kind has a flat platform on top of runners.
Toboggan can also be used as a verb in exactly the same way that sled can be used as a verb, as in let’s go tobogganing. However, it can also mean to fall rapidly, especially in the context of nonphysical things like stock prices.
Example: We found Grandpa’s old toboggan in the attic and rode it down the hill in the snow today—that thing really flies!
Where does toboggan come from?
The word toboggan has been used in English since at least the 1820s. It derives from the Algonquian family of Native American languages, including Maliseet-Passamaquoddy and Micmac, from terms that referred to a type of sled-like vehicle or tool for pulling things.
You don’t see toboggans too much anymore, but they used to be the only kinds of sleds, so they were quite popular. In the 1800s, Canadian Governor-General Lord Dufferin and his wife Lady Dufferin had a toboggan run (a track to ride toboggans on) built at their winter home in order to host “toboggan parties.”
Later, the verb sense of toboggan was extended in a figurative way to refer to the action of falling rapidly and often in an out-of-control kind of way (like how the comic strip characters Calvin and Hobbes are usually shown riding their toboggan down hills), similar to the word hurtle. It’s typically used in the context of abstract things, as in Stock prices tobogganed to an all-time low today.
Less commonly, toboggan refers to a type of winter hat, which probably gets its names from the fact that people usually wear warm hats when they go tobogganing!
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How is toboggan used in real life?
Toboggans are less popular than they once were due to the availability of all kinds of sleds, and the word often has an antique ring to it. But toboggans are still used, especially in places with long winters.
The Los Alamos ranch school has opened up registration for the summer term following a long winter term in which the school was isolated on cause of the flu epidemic, which found no victims there. A toboggan run has been added to the school just in time for a late snow. pic.twitter.com/A1UrAqn1mx
— Santa Fe Tweets From A Century Past (@SantaCentury) March 7, 2020
Winter Carnival Day! Even the weather cooperated for us with a fresh blanket of snow ❄️ We has beaver tails, maple taffy, and hot chocolate! We got to snow shoe, toboggan, paint in the snow and create ice towers! pic.twitter.com/jRZ4zX8X6B
— Crystal Bay School (@CrystalBayOCDSB) March 7, 2020
The Mackinnon's went South for part of the break…During our 4 day camping trip to Fundy Park, we beta tested an ASDN toboggan. Then, under the cover of darkness and and with colder snow, we achieved a speed of 47.5 km/hr and nearly touched the opposite rim of the bowl! @asdnnb pic.twitter.com/FnfMOM5uov
— UnclePaulie (@UnclePaulie13) March 9, 2020
Try using toboggan!
Is toboggan used correctly in the following sentence?
Everything was fine until we lost that account, but then we quickly tobogganed into bankruptcy.
How to use toboggan in a sentence
There are also a few other names for the commonly-known beanie you should keep an eye out for including toboggan and tuque.Best winter hats: Comfortable hats to keep you warm|Carsen Joenk|January 20, 2021|Popular-Science
Sometimes, distracted by the turbulence of a larger wave, I wouldn’t pop up at all, instead taking a long toboggan run to the shore.
He struck the toboggan and he went down with an awful thump.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit|Burt L. Standish
Then you push off; the toboggan fetches away; she begins to feel the hill, to glide, to swim, to gallop.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Both children donned their heavy clothing and pulled toboggan hoods down over their ears.Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
But he glanced along the port side, like a toboggan down-hill, and he seemed to ricochet over the water.Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey
A sickening nausea overtook Shad, and he sank upon his toboggan, faint and dizzy with an overpowering weakness.The Gaunt Gray Wolf|Dillon Wallace