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 the heart of Artavia will be a 13-acre community amenity complex including a 5-acre lake with paddleboats and a kayak launch area. Houston Chronicle, "New Artavia community offers Enchanted Village Tour of homes," 16 Nov. 2019 Seminole County deputies are searching for a possible missing person after finding an empty kayak floating on Lake Jesup early Friday morning. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, "Empty kayak found floating in Lake Jesup, officials search for missing kayaker," 15 Nov. 2019 In the shimmering water, these kayaks reflect into a cone shape reminiscent of paint blending on an easel, while mirrored on the other side is the brick of a nearby building. Lloyd Fox, baltimoresun.com, "Want to take better pictures? Learn along with highlights from our Fells Point photo walk.," 7 Nov. 2019 Within the heated garage, each unit will also have a large secure storage room where skis, bikes, kayaks or even a motorcycle can be stored. Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "Clearwater Lofts at Keystone promise year-round fun," 25 Oct. 2019 Birds, wildlife, kayak Unlike summer, when tons of people, high-speed boats and water sports take over the lake, the cool weather of fall leaves the lake quiet most days. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know to visit Lake Berryessa in fall," 18 Oct. 2019 Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains, golf at the Omni Grove Park Inn, or kayak at Lake Junaluska. 3. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.," 8 Oct. 2019 Stretch out on the powdery white sand, kayak along the shoreline, or take a dip in the inviting warm waters. National Geographic, "Dominican Republic Community Service: Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean," 5 Oct. 2019 Today the hotel has partnered with a river outfitter that can set you up with a two-, four-, or six-hour kayak or tubing adventure. Emily Price, Fortune, "This Hotel Is Made up Entirely of Tiny Houses," 29 Sep. 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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22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kayak.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kayak?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=k&file=kayak001. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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