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[tuh-bog-uh n] /təˈbɒg ən/
a long, narrow, flat-bottomed sled made of a thin board curved upward and backward at the front, often with low handrails on the sides, used especially in the sport of coasting over snow or ice.
verb (used without object)
to use, or coast on, a toboggan.
to fall rapidly, as prices or one's fortune.
Origin of toboggan
1820-30; < Maliseet-Passamaquoddy tʰapákən, Micmac topaĝan (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *weta·pye·- to drag a cord + *-kan- instrument for)
Related forms
tobogganer, tobogganist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for toboggan
  • It has been a park used year around with the sled and toboggan hill during the winter season.
  • Sled designs proliferated, with manufactured sleds joining the ranks of toboggan-style handmade sleds.
  • Spend the rest of the day ice skating or taking a toboggan ride down our popular sled run.
  • Skiers lucky enough to find a room in town that weekend will find everybody talking toboggan.
  • On land, they waddle and toboggan across the ice-sliding on their bellies, and propelling themselves with their flippers.
  • Today locals still use the old pathways to ski or toboggan down the slope.
  • In winter there's a concrete toboggan shoot that whips you out onto the lake.
  • The snow patrol were fast upon me, and they skied me down the mountain in a body bag on a toboggan.
  • He said he lied about the toboggan at an impromptu news conference at the hospital yesterday morning.
  • Nowadays, tourists can take toboggan rides down the streets used during this process.
British Dictionary definitions for toboggan


a light wooden frame on runners used for sliding over snow and ice
a long narrow sledge made of a thin board curved upwards and backwards at the front
verb -gans, -ganing, -ganed
(intransitive) to ride on a toboggan
Derived Forms
tobogganer, tobogganist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French, from Algonquian; related to Abnaki udābāgan
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Word Origin and History for toboggan

"long, flat-bottomed sled," 1829, from Canadian French tabagane, from Algonquian (probably Micmac) tobakun "a sled." The verb is recorded from 1846. As American English colloquial for a type of long woolen cap, it is recorded from 1929 (earlier toboggan cap, 1928), presumably because one wore such a cap while tobogganing.

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