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[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.
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

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


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