Definition of kayak in English:



  • A canoe of a type used originally by the Inuit, made of a light frame with a watertight covering having a small opening in the top to sit in.

    • ‘You can also rent a kayak or canoe and explore the estuary; bring binoculars to spot wading egrets and resident ducks.’
    • ‘More energetic sightseers can hire kayaks or canoes.’
    • ‘Additionally, there are 450 kayaks and canoes, with 3,000 amateurs and 1,050 athletes, plus 120 rowing boats registered.’
    • ‘She paddles to work once a week, storing her clothes in the kayak's watertight compartment.’
    • ‘The house comes with a 19-foot runabout, a canoe, kayaks, sailboards, and snorkeling and fishing gear.’
    • ‘There's canoes, kayaks and some rowing shells.’
    • ‘Entrants wearing fancy dress took to the water in kayaks, dinghies, canoes and other water crafts to raise cash for charity.’
    • ‘The fatality rate for canoes and kayaks is almost twice that of those on personal watercraft and almost four times higher than open motor boats.’
    • ‘These sculptural works are made of superimposed bentwood floatable frames: canoes, surfboards, kayaks, and rowboats fully equipped with oars.’
    • ‘They use night-vision binoculars, small boats, canoes and kayaks but see education of the younger generation as an important weapon.’
    • ‘Our fleet consisted of a Picayune delivery truck, two cars, bicycles, a kayak and a canoe.’
    • ‘Various paddle-powered rigs with exceptional mobility include small flat-bottomed aluminum boats, canoes and kayaks.’
    • ‘They found that there were places where people were camping along the shores, and there were numerous sailboats, kayaks, and canoes out in the aquamarine water.’
    • ‘Humans, too, are taking advantage of the increased recreational activities afforded by removal of the dam, with many river enthusiasts running the river in canoes and kayaks.’
    • ‘More fatalities occurred on canoes and kayaks than on personal watercraft, but the highest number occurred on open motorboats.’
    • ‘Lakeside lodges and resorts make kayaks or canoes available to guests, or you can bring your own.’
    • ‘The next highest categories were personal watercraft, cabin cruisers, canoes, rowboats and kayaks.’
    • ‘Instruction is given in the use of kayaks, two-seater canoes and motor boats.’
    • ‘These components involve practice in self-rescue skills and assisting others using canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and/or rowboats in a calm water environment.’
    • ‘A group of hippos who were wallowing in the water the far side of the river stuck their heads up to watch us as we unloaded our kayaks and canoes.’


  • Travel in or use a kayak.

    ‘the centre is ideal for kayaking’
    • ‘Even here, though, it is possible to try a spot of canoeing or kayaking in the Gorge Waterway - not something to be tried in the Clyde.’
    • ‘He stays in shape throughout the year by canoeing and kayaking, hiking with poles and lifting weights.’
    • ‘The outdoor experts offer to take them off your hands and either into the water or the woods to try out kayaking, canoeing, archery and orienteering.’
    • ‘Whether you're into skydiving, kayaking or mountain biking, this is the place for you.’
    • ‘I have my choice of activities, ranging from kayaking and sailing to snorkeling and shelling.’
    • ‘As he filled in a registration form, I looked around and felt bored, as an urge to go kayaking again washed over me.’
    • ‘You can go deep-sea fishing, kayaking and abseiling as well.’
    • ‘Taking it down cost a fifth as much, and revealed a set of notable rapids, ideal for whitewater kayaking.’
    • ‘Have a go at sailing or kayaking on Windermere this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).’
    • ‘Canadian canoeing, kayaking and sailing sessions will be on offer.’
    • ‘Walking, sailing, kayaking, and lying on the sand with my eyes closed feeling the sun beating down on me.’
    • ‘Around 39,000 four to 19-year-olds took part in events ranging from kayaking to scuba diving.’
    • ‘He's found inspiration while helping to crew sailboats or kayaking on the ocean.’
    • ‘After kayaking 45 minutes to get here, I decided to spend some quality time with my towel.’
    • ‘An Adventure Zone, with windsurfing, sailing and kayaking, was also on offer to those brave enough to try them.’
    • ‘Athletes practise kayaking off a marina near the port city of Piraeus.’
    • ‘Sports involved are all types of rowing, diving, sailing, wind surfing, and kayaking.’
    • ‘If you really love the sea, you'd love kayaking, and perhaps sailing.’
    • ‘As it is, it supports a wide range of activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing etc.’
    • ‘In surf kayaking, hull shapes and designs are borrowed from the surf world, as is the system of scoring.’


Mid 18th century: from Inuit qayaq.