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

Recent Examples on the Web At one end of this route is the kayak launch near Emerald Necklace Marina in the Rocky River Reservation. John Pana, cleveland, "The Cleveland Metroparks’ 53-mile bike ride you didn’t know about," 27 Apr. 2020 The resort’s GoKiawah initiative invites members to come together, both on the island and off, and participate in a wide range of innovative programs like kayak tours and cocktail cruises. SFChronicle.com, "Majestic beachside estate in South Carolina," 29 Mar. 2020 The commission’s plans include a canoe and kayak launch to provide a take-out for paddlers coming from other access points upstream and downstream. USA TODAY, "Navajo ‘Baby Shark,’ Stanley Hotel, final ‘Plunge for Pete’: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2019 Further down the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula, Whitefish Dune State Natural Area and Cave Point County Park offer more beaches as well as kayak tours and ziplines nearby. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Keys to Door County: food, hikes and spectacular sunsets," 14 Sep. 2019 The tab: about $250 per night, including taxes, for a two-story house near the water; about $150 for meals; about $65 each for kayak tours; and about $8 each for the ferry. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "Love a weekend trip to Vancouver? This nearby island is even more chill," 29 Aug. 2019 Massages are available by appointment, as well as guided kayak tours, helicopter tours, and horseback riding. Jae Thomas, Marie Claire, "The Best National Parks for Every Kind of Vacation," 15 Aug. 2019 There will be basketball, volleyball, a zip line, rock climbing, a roller skate disco, sunset kayak trips and more, plus a special Unicorn Lounge wherein ticket holders can pamper themselves with manicures, shaves, face paint and glitter stations. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Disclosure, Fisher, Big Gigantic & Seth Troxler Headline Elements Fest 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 Back this summer are other activities on the river including kayak tours, bike and Segway rentals, 5K races and steamboat rides. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what's new at Waterfront Park this summer," 24 May 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kayak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kayak. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce kayak (audio)

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 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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