Definition of


  1. (noun, act) pitching dangerously to one side
  2. (verb, motion) move sideways or in an unsteady way
  3. (verb, motion) walk as if unable to control one's movements

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Synonyms of Careen

keel, lurch, reel, rock, shift, stagger, swag, sway, tilt, wobble

Alternate forms of Careen

Derivations: careen

Hypernyms: lurch, move, pitch, pitching, walk

Origin of the word Careen

  1. 1591, "to turn a ship on its side" (with the keel exposed), from M.Fr. carene "keel," from It. (Genoese dialect) carena, from L. carina "keel of a ship," originally "nutshell." Generalized sense of "to lean, to tilt" is 1883; confused with career (v.) since at least 1923. To career is to move rapidly; to careen is to lurch from side to side (o… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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