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