To careen is to move quickly and erratically. If you careen down a hill, you are at risk of crashing into things.

  • The car careened off the road and into a ditch.

  • She careened down the street in her car, without looking where she was going.

Definition of careen


move sideways or in an unsteady way


shift, tilt, wobble


pitching dangerously to one side


rock, sway, tilt


walk as if unable to control one's movements


keel, lurch, reel, stagger, swag

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Example Sentences for careen

  • 1

    They tilted the boat to careen it.

  • 2

    The boats seemed to careen.

  • 3

    The ship tried to careen.

  • 4

    The worker thought it needed to be careened.

  • 5

    They then headed for the Grand Caymans to careen.

  • 6

    This careened the ship to one side.

  • 7

    The buccaneers retired to Bonaco Island to careen.

  • 8

    However, the bus subsequently careened off a cliff and into the ocean.

  • 9

    I corrected the misuse of the word 'careen' in a number of entries.

  • 10

    Everyday another Obama skeleton comes careening out of the closet.