- 1. a low vehicle mounted on runners for conveying heavy loads or passengers over snow or ice, usu. drawn by horses, dogs, or people.
- 2. a similar but usu. smaller vehicle, or any of various devices made of moulded plastic, used esp. by children to coast down hills for amusement.
- 3. a snowmobile.
- 4. Cdn (North) a covered vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by a snowmobile or tractor with caterpillar treads, used to carry freight or crew as part of a cat train.
- 5 a bobsled
1907 Weekly Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 24 Apr. If an infant has been wearing a woolen toboggan this winter, it can now be changed on a warm day to a Swiss bonnet.1975 Raleigh (N. Carolina) News & Observer 6 Jan. 24/4 The burglar was wearing a red toboggan and tight pants, police said.
Well, now you have a bizarre image in your mind!
This is what we Canadians would call a "toque" (pronounced TUKE), a close fitting knitted cap, originally with a long tapered end (to wrap around your face to keep it warm). Toques nowadays do not have these long tapered ends, though I can attest from my childhood that they were very practical. In the States this was originally called a "toboggan cap" before being abbreviated.
|Voyageur wearing the original toque|
If you're Canadian, have you noticed "sled" creeping up on "toboggan"? What do you say? Have you ever heard of a toque being called a toboggan?
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