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or kaiak, kyack, kyak

[kahy-ak] /ˈkaɪ æk/
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.
a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.
verb (used without object)
to go or travel by kayak.
verb (used with object)
to travel on by kayak:
to kayak the Colorado River.
Origin of kayak
1750-60; < Inuit qayaq
Related forms
kayaker, noun Unabridged
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  • Chingatok looked long and earnestly at the object in question, and then said with emphasis—“A kayak!”

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • We supposed that the paddle and the harpoon went with the kayak.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • It is now known as kayak Island, but the mountain retains the original name.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • While we were at breakfast, Weymouth came down to report a kayak coming off.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Angut, Okiok, and Simek led the way in kayaks, the kayak damaged by the seal having been repaired.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for kayak


a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins
a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design
Word Origin
C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)
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Word Origin and History for kayak

1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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