verb \ˈkap-ˌsīz, kap-ˈ\

of a boat : to turn over : to turn so that the bottom is on top


Full Definition of CAPSIZE

transitive verb
:  to cause to overturn <capsize a canoe>
intransitive verb
:  to become upset or overturned :  turn over <the canoe capsized>
capsize noun

Examples of CAPSIZE

  1. They were fooling around and accidentally capsized the canoe.
  2. <a huge wave out of nowhere caused our little sailboat to capsize>

Origin of CAPSIZE

perhaps from Spanish capuzar or Catalan cabussar to thrust (the head) underwater
First Known Use: 1778

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