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toboggan

[tuh-bog-uh n] /təˈbɒg ən/
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
Maliseet-Passamaquoddy
1820-1830
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
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British Dictionary definitions for tobogganist

toboggan

/təˈbɒɡən/
noun
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
verb -gans, -ganing, -ganed
3.
(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 tobogganist

toboggan

n.

"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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