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 kayak (audio) \ noun
kayaking \ ˈkī-​ˌa-​kiŋ How to pronounce kayak (audio) \ noun

Examples of kayak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Draw Moves your kayak laterally without changing direction. Jon Turk, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Kayaking," 27 Apr. 2021 Likewise, in the kayak-rowing portion, Leroy and Nany end up flipping over their boat, which feels so emblematic of their Challenge careers. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Season-Finale Recap: Win Some, Lose Some," 22 Apr. 2021 Eventually, Leroy and Nany flip their kayak but get back in. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Double Agents finale recap: A big decision results in a new champion," 22 Apr. 2021 Last week, as Cyril Derreumaux navigated his kayak beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on a sunny afternoon, a humpback whale breached beside his boat, spraying him with salty mist. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Marin kayaker to embark on epic solo paddle from S.F. to Hawaii," 22 Apr. 2021 Carry your kayak 50 feet from the parking lot to the river. John Pana, cleveland, "7 adventures at Cuyahoga Valley National Park (video)," 19 Apr. 2021 And don’t be surprised if a jumping mullet (also glowing bright blue) occasionally goes kerplunk into your kayak. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Cool ways to get out on the water this spring: Bioluminescent kayak tours in Florida, fliteboarding in Hawaii," 29 Mar. 2021 While video appears to show the whale had the kayak in its mouth, McSorley claimed they were just overturned and thrown underwater. Fox News, "Humpback whale almost swallows 2 kayakers off California coast," 3 Nov. 2020 Now Edgewater's a place where tourists come to pick our apples, buy our ceramics, and kayak on our lake. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "First Look: See Jessica Goodman's next YA page-turner They'll Never Catch Us," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Kayak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kayak. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 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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