Definition of careen
- High waves careened the boat.
- a careening carriage being pulled wildly … by a team of runaway horses
- —J. P. Getty
- The car careened down the hill.
the sled careened as it barreled down the hill
he careened unsteadily to the couch after hitting his head
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First Known Use: circa 1583See Words from the same year
barrel, belt, blast, blaze, blow, bolt, bowl, breeze, bundle, bustle, buzz, cannonball, career, chase, course, dash, drive, fly, hare, hasten, hie, highball, hotfoot (it), hump, hurl, hurry, hurtle, hustle, jet, jump, motor, nip, pelt, race, ram, rip, rocket, run, rush, rustle, scoot, scurry, scuttle, shoot, speed, step, tear, travel, trot, whirl, whisk, zip, zoom;
beat it, get a move on, make tracks, shake a leg, step on it;
: to go forward quickly without control
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