kayak

[kahy-ak]
noun
1.
an Eskimo canoe with a skin cover on a light framework, made watertight by flexible closure around the waist of the occupant and propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
2.
a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.
verb (used without object)
3.
to go or travel by kayak.
verb (used with object)
4.
to travel on by kayak: to kayak the Colorado River.
Also, kaiak, kyak, kyack.


Origin:
1750–60; < Inuit qayaq

kayaker, noun
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kayak or kaiak (ˈkaɪæk)
 
n
1.  a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins
2.  a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design
 
[C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)]
 
kaiak or kaiak
 
n
 
[C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)]

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Word Origin & History

kayak
1757, from Dan. kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, lit. "small boat of skins."
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Example sentences
Bright colors for others to see you on your kayak or standing in a stream.
One of the best ways to explore the island is from the water, and an
  inexpensive way to do that is to rent a kayak.
Sea kayak the fjords alongside orcas and leopard seals.
Watch for bottlenose dolphins while you sea kayak the salt marshes.
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