tobogganing

toboggan

[tuh-bog-uhn]
noun
1.
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)
2.
to use, or coast on, a toboggan.
3.
to fall rapidly, as prices or one's fortune.

Origin:
1820–30; < Maliseet-Passamaquoddy tʰapákən, Micmac topaĝan (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *weta·pye·- to drag a cord + *-kan- instrument for)

tobogganer, tobogganist, noun
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toboggan (təˈbɒɡən)
 
n
1.  a light wooden frame on runners used for sliding over snow and ice
2.  a long narrow sledge made of a thin board curved upwards and backwards at the front
 
vb , -gans, -ganing, -ganed
3.  (intr) to ride on a toboggan
 
[C19: from Canadian French, from Algonquian; related to Abnaki udābāgan]
 
to'bogganer
 
n
 
to'bogganist
 
n

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