kayak

noun
kay·​ak | \ ˈkī-ˌak How to pronounce kayak (audio) \

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 How to pronounce kayaker (audio) \ noun
kayaking \ ˈkī-​a-​kiŋ How to pronounce kayaking (audio) \ noun

Examples of kayak in a Sentence

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But the news came after multiple fire departments and a police department responded to a report about three kayaks that capsized. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Boaters escape injury after their kayaks capsize on Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc," 1 July 2019 Bonus: Check out Kayak Tahoe’s kiosk for kayak and SUP rentals. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "8 spectacular Lake Tahoe beaches for maximum frolic," 30 June 2019 Red-and-black wooden slats, carved in the shape of kayak paddles, provide handles. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "After the Russians came to the Alutiiq region, the dance rattles went silent. A Kodiak artist has changed that.," 30 June 2019 Portable options like inflatable kayaks are typically as maneuverable as couches. Wired Staff, WIRED, "From Cameras to Kayaks, All the Stuff We Loved This Month," 30 June 2019 Now, campers can play on the river in tubes and kayaks or on stand up paddleboards. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Colorado’s newest campground offers glamping an hour from Denver," 29 June 2019 Ideal for those ready to bundle up with a sweater instead of a swimsuit, the caves sit 12 miles outside of Juneau and are accessible via hike or kayak. Jennifer Adler, National Geographic, "10 perfect ways to cool off in the U.S.," 27 June 2019 According to a town proposal, the park will be a half-acre plot at 1 Old Bridge Road, complete with a pavilion, benches and picnic tables, bike racks and access to Hop Brook for kayak launching. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Simsbury is seeking name suggestions for a new park next to the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge," 26 June 2019 An unsecured kayak was reported taken June 19 from a storage rack at the Gillson Sailing Beach. chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Man charged with burglary at Wilmette Starbucks," 25 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for kayak

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 How to pronounce kayak (audio) \

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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