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or oo·mi·ak

[ oo-mee-ak ]
/ ˈu miˌæk /


an open Eskimo boat that consists of a wooden frame covered with skins and provided with several thwarts: used for transport of goods and passengers.

Nearby words

ume, umeboshi, umeå, umf, umfazi, umiak, umist, uml, umlaut, umlungu, umma

Origin of umiak

First recorded in 1760–70, umiak is from the Inuit word umiaq women's boat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for umiak



/ (ˈuːmɪˌæk) /


a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by InuitCompare kayak

Word Origin for umiak

C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women
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Word Origin and History for umiak



"large Eskimo boat," c.1743, from Eskimo umiaq "an open skin boat." Said by 18c.-19c. sources to be a "woman's boat," as opposed to the kayak, which was worked exclusively by men.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper