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 tobogganist (audio) \ noun

Examples of toboggan in a Sentence

Verb The kids tobogganed down the hill.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Matterhorn Bobsleds Walt Disney’s rendition of the famed Alps peak — which here comes with a pair of toboggan-style steel coasters — has been enthralling guests since it was introduced in 1959. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, "All of the Rides at Disneyland, Ranked From Worst to Best," 28 Apr. 2020 At these sledding hills in Minnesota, most families stuck with the classic equipment, wooden Radio Flyers, rectangular toboggans and brightly colored plastic sleds. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Snow ✅ Sled ✅ Thrills ✅," 25 Feb. 2020 Bring your own toboggan or rent one for the 350-foot trip down the lighted chute. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin winter bucket list: 12 things you have to do," 2 Jan. 2020 For a different kind of drop, try the toboggan run at Waukesha’s Lowell Park. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin winter bucket list: 12 things you have to do," 2 Jan. 2020 Embrace the chill of a slide down a toboggan run, play yard games, see a balloon glow and an evening fireworks show.janboree.org Burlington: Hot Chocolate Fest. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha JanBoree, Hot Chocolate Fest, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 12 Jan. 2020 The one thing to get you in the spirit: The toboggan run at Château Frontenac (open from mid-December to March) is one of the city’s oldest traditions—and quite the thrill. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Places to Spend Christmas: The World's Most Festive Cities," 6 Dec. 2019 Start in the upper town with dazzling views of the St. Lawrence River from the Terrasse Dufferin, then head to the lower city via the steep L’Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Steps), or, in winter, by toboggan slide. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Trips of a lifetime: Secrets from our readers," 19 Dec. 2019 Private toboggan rentals are also available for small group parties. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Snow or no snow – doesn’t matter at The Chalet’s toboggan chutes: Strong Points," 6 Dec. 2019 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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2 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Toboggan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toboggan. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for toboggan

toboggan

noun
How to pronounce toboggan (audio)

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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