A very light, slender, usually covered boat that has pointed ends and is propelled by a double-bladed paddle. Traditional Yupik and Inuit kayaks are made of skins stretched over a frame of wood or whalebone.
v. kay·aked, kay·ak·ing, kay·aks
To go, travel, or race in a kayak.
To go or travel on (a body of water) by kayak: kayaked rapids of the Colorado River.
[Inuit and Yupik qajaq.]
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