toboggan

noun
to·​bog·​gan | \ tə-ˈbä-gən How to pronounce toboggan (audio) \

Definition of toboggan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long flat-bottomed light sled made usually of thin boards curved up at one end with usually low handrails at the sides
2 : a downward course or a sharp decline
3 chiefly Southern US and Midland US : stocking cap

toboggan

verb
tobogganed; tobogganing; toboggans

Definition of toboggan (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to coast on or as if on a toboggan
2 : to decline suddenly and sharply

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Noun

toboggan 1

In the meaning defined above

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Verb

tobogganer noun
tobogganist \ tə-​ˈbä-​gə-​nist How to pronounce toboggan (audio) \ noun

Examples of toboggan in a Sentence

Verb The kids tobogganed down the hill.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mock was transported via a rescue toboggan and snowmobile then taken the hospital in Idaho Falls, the sheriff's office said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Grizzly bear attack kills backcountry guide near Yellowstone National Park," 20 Apr. 2021 Although the toboggan chutes are weather dependent, the season typically lasts from the day after Thanksgiving until the first weekend in March. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Thrill seekers flock to Ohio’s only public toboggan chutes, at Cleveland Metroparks’ Chalet," 14 Dec. 2020 It other sled offerings, like the iconic wooden toboggan, still have rave reviews and will last for years to come. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 8 best places you can buy sleds and snow tubes," 25 Jan. 2021 Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chutes Find your thrill in the chill at the Chalet in Strongsville, whooshing down the 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes on an old-timey toboggan. cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Jan. 21-24," 21 Jan. 2021 The schedule includes room for little other than hockey games and their recovery — no ski excursions, no team toboggan rides. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We’re ready to go.’ The Boston Pride embraces status as favorites in the NWHL’s Lake Placid tournament," 22 Jan. 2021 Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chutes Find your thrill in the chill at the Chalet in Strongsville, whooshing down the 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes on an old-timey toboggan. cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Jan. 21-24," 21 Jan. 2021 Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chutes Find your thrill in the chill at the Chalet in Strongsville, whooshing down the 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes on an old-timey toboggan. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "16 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Dec. 25-27," 24 Dec. 2020 This inflatable snow tube and plastic toboggan are two popular options on Amazon that are currently in stock. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 10 best things to buy in January," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brandon Smith bought Legion FC toboggans for himself and his 10-year-old daughter from the merchandise tent. Cheryl Wray, al, "‘A lot of fun’: Legion FC kicks off 2020 vs. Atlanta United in exhibition game," 9 Feb. 2020 The backdrop of snowy evergreens makes the meadow a beautiful place to sled or toboggan. John Pana, cleveland, "Top 20 outdoor winter activities near Cleveland," 9 Jan. 2020 Cost: See the Cleveland Metroparks’ tobogganing webpage for current information. John Pana, cleveland, "Top 20 outdoor winter activities near Cleveland," 9 Jan. 2020 When not on assignment, Robbie can be found chasing adventures at home in the heart of the Alps, or photographing rock climbers on via ferrata, tobogganing competitions, and cultural events. National Geographic, "Robbie Shone," 15 Sep. 2019 Edmond Lam takes his children tobogganing in Edmonton. Paolo Bosonin, WSJ, "Hopeless in Hong Kong: China’s Squeeze Triggers Talk of a New Exodus," 26 Dec. 2018 To The Pathe Archives: Here’s the 1965 world tobogganing championship from Davos. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Un-American ICE," 26 Jan. 2018 The main reason for my trip to this part of Bavaria, the large state that occupies Germany’s southeastern corner, was to indulge a curiosity about tobogganing. Alex Halberstadt, Smithsonian, "Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Visit Bavaria," 24 Jan. 2018 Edmond Lam takes his children tobogganing in Edmonton. Paolo Bosonin, WSJ, "Hopeless in Hong Kong: China’s Squeeze Triggers Talk of a New Exodus," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of toboggan

Noun

circa 1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toboggan

Noun

Canadian French tobogan, of Algonquian origin; akin to Micmac tobâgun drag made of skin

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The first known use of toboggan was circa 1820

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29 Apr 2021

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“Toboggan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toboggan. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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toboggan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toboggan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, light sled that has a curved front and that is used for sliding over snow and ice

toboggan

verb

English Language Learners Definition of toboggan (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ride on a toboggan especially down a hill

toboggan

noun
to·​bog·​gan | \ tə-ˈbä-gən How to pronounce toboggan (audio) \

Kids Definition of toboggan

: a long light sled made without runners and curved up at the front

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