American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, narrow, runnerless sled constructed of thin boards curled upward at the front end.
- v. To coast, ride, or travel on a toboggan.
- v. Slang To decline or fall rapidly: His good fortune has tobogganed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long narrow sled made of a single thickness (about ¼ inch) of wood (commonly birch) curved backward at one end, the curved end being kept in place by leather thongs; originally employed by the Indians of Lower Canada to carry loads over the snow, but now used chiefly in the sport of coasting. It is 15 or 16 inches wide, if made of one piece, or wider if two boards are joined together. The sport of tobogganing has been very popular in Canada, and has been introduced to some extent in the United States.
- To slide down-hill on a toboggan.
- n. A long sled without runners, with the front end curled upwards, which may be pulled across snow by a cord or used to coast down hills.
- n. North America A similar sled of wood, pulled by dogs, possibly with steel runners, made to transport cargo.
- n. southern US a winter hat or ski mask
- n. Something which, once it starts going (figuratively) downhill, is unstoppable until it reaches the bottom.
- v. to slide down a hill on a toboggan or other object
- v. to (figuratively) go downhill unstoppably until one reaches the bottom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of sledge made of pliable board, turned up at one or both ends, used for coasting down hills or prepared inclined planes; also, a sleigh or sledge, to be drawn by dogs, or by hand, over soft and deep snow.
- v. To slide down hill over the snow or ice on a toboggan.
- n. a long narrow sled without runners; boards curve upward in front
- v. move along on a luge or toboggan
- The noun is attested since 1829, the verb since 1846. Both derive from French tabaganne, which derives from an Algonquian word, probably the Mi'kmaq tepaqan or the Abenaki dabôgan, influenced by similar words in other Eastern Canadian Indian languages. The US sense, "hat", is recorded in 1929, and toboggan cap in 1928. (Wiktionary)
- Canadian French tobagan, from Micmac topaghan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed the toboggan was a real hill of ice now, though the frozen covering was thin.”
“In soft snow on a level surface like the river bed or through the Flat country, generally, the toboggan is much the more convenient vehicle, for it rides over the snow instead of ploughing through it, but on hard snow anywhere or on grades the toboggan is a nuisance.”
“We each of us had manufactured a toboggan, which is a small sleigh composed of a long thin slip of willow wood turned up in front.”
“To accommodate the two planes 'difference in speed, the pilots had to use a complicated maneuver called a toboggan in order to get the tanker and the transport plane close enough to refuel.”
“Canada's next gold medal could be in the sport, also known as toboggan, and it could be around the neck of an Alberta cowgirl on Friday.”
“After the accident, the ski patrol was called, and she was taken off the hill in a toboggan, which is standard protocol, according to reports.”
“aka toboggan accident Yes... well, near one at least.”
“An eight-paddle blower dispenses the material through a 300° swivel chute that can also place fodder along a feed barrier by directing on to the sloping 'toboggan' slide.”
“(Er, that's the "toboggan" CAP and not the toboggan SLED for some of our most welcomed East Tennessee transplants.)”
“In fact the "toboggan" of the Carreiros do Monte hurdle past cars and through turns as the town men on the back guide it from missing one obstacle to another.”
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