Definition of toboggan in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈbɒɡ(ə)n/


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A long, light, narrow vehicle, typically on runners, used for sliding downhill over snow or ice.
Example sentences
  • Then, my daughter slid off the toboggan head first into a snow bank, and when I pulled her out she took from her mouth her first missing tooth.
  • In snow, it drove like a toboggan, but with worse steering.
  • However, it is not yet clear if the New Year will start on a sufficiently white note to allow children in the Republic to dust off their snowboards and toboggans.


[no object] (usually go tobogganing)
Slide downhill over snow on a toboggan: my kids love to go tobogganing in the park before Christmas dinner we tobogganed down a steep hill nearby
More example sentences
  • She also enjoyed tobogganing down the Cresta Run.
  • There were a group of older kids tobogganing down there, and residents said they were deliberately crashing into the trees.
  • As the country was gripped by cold, children and adults were snowballing and tobogganing.



Pronunciation: /təˈbɒɡ(ə)nə/
Example sentences
  • He concentrated on the production of winter scenes, with skaters, sleighs, tobogganers, and people playing kolf (an early form of golf), which convey a sense of delight in the picturesque aspects of Dutch leisure in the 17th century.
  • In winter it becomes a snowy playground where tobogganers sail down a 1,700-foot sledding track while others try out snowshoes or cross-country skis.
  • Upon its completion in 1885 an invitation was extended to the neighbouring Davos tobogganers to come over for a race.


Example sentences
  • Skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiing enthusiasts, tobogganists and strollers rejoice in winter.
  • The people from Turnbull Drive were there to complain about mysterious fireworks, shy lovers who shoot out street lights, and suicidal tobogganists as well as nutters who off-road in family sedans.
  • Who needs sledging when you have got a team of tobogganists in your own head.


Early 19th century: from Canadian French tabaganne, from Micmac topaĝan 'sled'.

  • The origin of this word is Canadian French tabaganne, from the Micmac topaĝan ‘sled’.

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