kay·ak | \ˈkī-ˌak \

Definition of kayak 

: a light narrow boat that has both ends tapered to a point, is propelled by a double-bladed paddle, and often has a closed top except for an opening in which the paddler sits with the legs extended straight out in front:

a : a traditional boat that is typically associated with the indigenous peoples (such as the Aleuts and Inuits) of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, is usually made of a frame of wood or bone covered with animal skin, and is used especially for hunting and transport Similar stone pillars guided Inuit seafarers traveling by umiak or kayak along the complex coasts of their realm.— Fred Bruemmer

b : a boat that is based on the traditional kayak and is typically made of plastic or fiberglass and is used especially for recreational purposes Today's recreationists likewise have discovered that, among paddle-powered boats, the kayak has no equal for its graceful combination of lightness, portability, seaworthiness and speed.— Peter Stark

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Other Words from kayak

kayak intransitive verb
kayaker \ˈkī-ˌa-kər \ noun
kayaking \ˈkī-a-kiŋ \ noun

Examples of kayak in a Sentence

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Private tours by motor boat, canoe or kayak are offered for a variety of destinations and time lengths. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Plan your trip: A guide to the Okefenokee swamp," 2 July 2018 The river serves as the community's Main Street, with neighbors coming and going by canoe, kayak or jet skis. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: A river runs through this northside retreat," 29 June 2018 Roof systems offer an array of options to secure bikes, and most have interchangeable mounts (at an additional cost) for skis, cargo boxes, canoes and kayaks. Ken Van Vechten, latimes.com, "Taking your bike on a road trip? Here's what you need to know about racks," 24 June 2018 The center is located on a lake, where canoes and kayaks are available. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "'Southwest Sampler' packs a lot of adventure into short amount of time," 12 June 2018 There are plenty of other things to do here, however, like renting a tube, canoe or kayak from the park store or going geocaching through the beautiful trees inside the park. Dale Blasingame, San Antonio Express-News, "The 8 best family-friendly Texas state parks," 11 June 2018 Hundreds of canoe and kayak enthusiasts were planning to race down the Fox River this weekend during the 57th annual event sponsored by the Fox Valley Park District. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Canoe and Kayak Race canceled due to high level of Fox River," 31 May 2018 Lecomte will be accompanied by a 67-foot sailboat and each day, a smaller inflatable motorboat or kayak will lead him in the water, keeping him on-course. Rick Maese, BostonGlobe.com, "Six months. 5,500 miles. One ocean. Ben Lecomte wants to be first to swim across Pacific," 24 May 2018 The pipe will be removed and replaced with one buried under the river to give the river a nicer look and allow people on kayaks to pass through more easily. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield undertakes $600,000 project to improve the Bark River and expand St. John's Park," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of kayak

1757, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kayak

Inuit qayaq

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English Language Learners Definition of kayak

: a long narrow boat that is pointed at both ends and that is moved by a paddle with two blades


kay·ak | \ˈkī-ˌak \

Kids Definition of kayak

: a small boat that is pointed at both ends, holds one or two people, and is moved by a paddle with two blades

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