Definition of kayak in English:

kayak

Line breaks: kayak
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌɪak
 
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noun

A canoe of a type used originally by the Inuit, made of a light frame with a watertight covering having a small opening in the top to sit in.
More example sentences
  • The next highest categories were personal watercraft, cabin cruisers, canoes, rowboats and kayaks.
  • These sculptural works are made of superimposed bentwood floatable frames: canoes, surfboards, kayaks, and rowboats fully equipped with oars.
  • More fatalities occurred on canoes and kayaks than on personal watercraft, but the highest number occurred on open motorboats.

verb (kayaks, kayaking, kayaked)

[no object] (usually as noun kayaking) Back to top  
Travel in or use a kayak: the centre is ideal for kayaking
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  • Canadian canoeing, kayaking and sailing sessions will be on offer.
  • Even here, though, it is possible to try a spot of canoeing or kayaking in the Gorge Waterway - not something to be tried in the Clyde.
  • Whether you're into skydiving, kayaking or mountain biking, this is the place for you.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Inuit qayaq.

Derivatives

kayaker

noun
More example sentences
  • Deeply affected by the tragedy, he authored legislation that calls for mandatory life jacket wear for kayakers.
  • Families of ducks, sail boats and kayakers round out the serene picture.
  • We didn't know it, but the kayaker had abandoned his kayak and boarded the life raft after our aerial delivery.

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