[ tuh-bog-uhn ]
See synonyms for: toboggantobogganedtobogganing on

  1. a long, narrow, flat-bottomed sled made of a thin board curved upward and backward at the front, often with low handrails on the sides, used especially in the sport of coasting over snow or ice.

  2. Also called bog·gin [bog-uhn] /ˈbɒg ən/ .Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a close-fitting knit cap worn in cold weather.

verb (used without object)
  1. to use, or coast on, a toboggan.

  2. to fall rapidly, as prices or one's fortune.

Origin of toboggan

First recorded in 1820–30; from Canadian French tabagane, from Maliseet-Passamaquoddy tʰapákən, Mi'kmaq topaĝan (equivalent to unrecorded Proto-Algonquian weta·pye·- “to drag a cord” + -kan- “instrument for”)

Other words from toboggan

  • to·bog·gan·er, to·bog·gan·ist, noun

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How to use toboggan in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for toboggan


/ (təˈbɒɡən) /

  1. a light wooden frame on runners used for sliding over snow and ice

  2. a long narrow sledge made of a thin board curved upwards and backwards at the front

verb-gans, -ganing or -ganed
  1. (intr) to ride on a toboggan

Origin of toboggan

C19: from Canadian French, from Algonquian; related to Abnaki udābāgan

Derived forms of toboggan

  • tobogganer or tobogganist, noun

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