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Definition of "kayak" []

  • An Inuit or Eskimo boat consisting of a light wooden frame covered with watertight skins except for a single or double opening in the center, and propelled by a double-bladed paddle. (noun)
  • A lightweight canoe that is similar in design. (noun)
  • To go, travel, or race in a kayak. (verb-intransitive)
  • To go or travel on (a body of water) by kayak: kayaked rapids of the Colorado River. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kayak" in a sentence
  • "Inuit, a language of the Eskimo-Aleut family that, via Danish, gave Global English the word kayak, now has fewer than fifty thousand speakers."
  • "No – a sea kayak is a closed one person boat designed specifically for the ocean."
  • "My sea kayak is all I need, has minimal storage and loops for a fishing pole – picture me as old man of the sea."