- 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.
- to use, or coast on, a toboggan.
- to fall rapidly, as prices or one's fortune.
Origin of toboggan
Examples from the Web for toboggan
Historical Examples of toboggan
So running up to the top and seating myself on the toboggan I set it in motion.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
So steep is the descent that it may be compared to a Canadian toboggan slide.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
He struck the toboggan and he went down with an awful thump.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit
Burt L. Standish
The wet thaw of mid-day had frozen and the road was slippery as a toboggan slide.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
And will you tell me how they get back to the moon after they slide down the toboggan?Rootabaga Stories
- a light wooden frame on runners used for sliding over snow and ice
- a long narrow sledge made of a thin board curved upwards and backwards at the front
- (intr) to ride on a toboggan
Word Origin for toboggan
"long, flat-bottomed sled," 1829, from Canadian French tabagane, from Algonquian (probably Micmac) tobakun "a sled." The verb is recorded from 1846. As American English colloquial for a type of long woolen cap, it is recorded from 1929 (earlier toboggan cap, 1928), presumably because one wore such a cap while tobogganing.