kayak

noun
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

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That includes filling space previously occupied by guns with higher-margin, faster-growing categories like golf and kayaks. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Retail Report Card for 2018: From Walmart to Tiffany’s," 29 Dec. 2018 During your stay, relax by the beach or enjoy a kayak or paddleboard ride. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 July 2018 Before the sun set, Templin hauled out a bright yellow kayak from the back of her van and set it in the water. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 Witnesses told deputies the incident happened about 6 p.m., when a group of friends was in the lake when a kayak overturned, reported WFMY. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Kayak overturned, so NC man decided to swim to shore. He hasn't been seen since.," 11 June 2018 There are tons of examples of palindrome words–mom, level, kayak–but each calendar year only has one palindrome date. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "The Best and Worst Wedding Dates for 2019," 29 Nov. 2018 Despite these mechanisms of political and legal intimidation, everyday folks have continued to persevere, from kayak blockades in the bayous to people chaining themselves to extractors in protest of the construction. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 Readers rant about Safeco beer selection, rave about kayak help RANT To the beer concessions at Safeco Field for offering a dozen different kinds of IPA and pale ale drafts and almost nothing else. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: More beer at Mariners games, please," 9 Oct. 2018 Welch said the area had been searched previously by drones, all-terrain vehicles, kayak teams and foot patrols. Tom Foreman Jr., Fox News, "After 6-year-old's body found, search for clues continues," 28 Sep. 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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The first known use of kayak was in 1757

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kayak

noun

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

kayak

noun
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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