Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to careen: careered


lean or tip to one side while in motion, as car rounding a curve or a ship listing in a storm: The motorcycle careened around the bend in the road.
Not to be confused with:
career – move rapidly, go at full speed: The sports car careered down the highway.; vocation, lifework, livelihood: She has made a career of interior decoration.
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree


v. ca·reened, ca·reen·ing, ca·reens
a. To lurch or swerve while in motion: "The Tasmanian boat was a wreck ... the stove had broken free of its mounting and was careening about with every wave" (Bryan Burrough).
b. To move forward rapidly, especially with a swaying motion or with minimal control; career: "I saw my life as a car with no brakes careening down a dangerous mountain road" (Tom Perotta).
2. Nautical
a. To lean to one side, as a ship sailing in the wind.
b. To turn a ship on its side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing. Nautical
1. To cause (a ship) to lean to one side; tilt.
a. To lean (a ship) on one side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing.
b. To clean, caulk, or repair (a ship in this position).
n. Nautical
1. The act or process of careening a ship.
2. The position of a careened ship.

[From French (en) carène, (on) the keel, from Old French carene, from Old Italian carena, from Latin carīna; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·reen′er n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. to sway or cause to sway dangerously over to one side
2. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical to cause (a vessel) to keel over to one side, esp in order to clean or repair its bottom
3. (Nautical Terms) (intr) nautical (of a vessel) to keel over to one side
[C17: from French carène keel, from Italian carena, from Latin carīna keel]
caˈreenage n
caˈreener n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014



1. to lean or tip to one side while in motion; sway: The car careened around the corner.
2. (of a ship) to heel over or list.
4. to cause (a ship) to lie over on a side, as for repairs or cleaning.
5. to clean or repair (a careened ship).
6. to cause (a ship) to heel over or list.
7. the act or position of careening.
[1585–95; < Middle French carine < Latin carīna keel, nutshell; akin to Greek káryon nut]
ca•reen′er, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


Past participle: careened
Gerund: careening

I careen
you careen
he/she/it careens
we careen
you careen
they careen
I careened
you careened
he/she/it careened
we careened
you careened
they careened
Present Continuous
I am careening
you are careening
he/she/it is careening
we are careening
you are careening
they are careening
Present Perfect
I have careened
you have careened
he/she/it has careened
we have careened
you have careened
they have careened
Past Continuous
I was careening
you were careening
he/she/it was careening
we were careening
you were careening
they were careening
Past Perfect
I had careened
you had careened
he/she/it had careened
we had careened
you had careened
they had careened
I will careen
you will careen
he/she/it will careen
we will careen
you will careen
they will careen
Future Perfect
I will have careened
you will have careened
he/she/it will have careened
we will have careened
you will have careened
they will have careened
Future Continuous
I will be careening
you will be careening
he/she/it will be careening
we will be careening
you will be careening
they will be careening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been careening
you have been careening
he/she/it has been careening
we have been careening
you have been careening
they have been careening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been careening
you will have been careening
he/she/it will have been careening
we will have been careening
you will have been careening
they will have been careening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been careening
you had been careening
he/she/it had been careening
we had been careening
you had been careening
they had been careening
I would careen
you would careen
he/she/it would careen
we would careen
you would careen
they would careen
Past Conditional
I would have careened
you would have careened
he/she/it would have careened
we would have careened
you would have careened
they would have careened
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.careen - pitching dangerously to one sidecareen - pitching dangerously to one side  
pitching, lurch, pitch - abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
Verb1.careen - walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room"
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
2.careen - move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


A. VTcarenar
B. VIinclinarse, escorar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


1. vi (ship) → sbandare
2. vtcarenare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
Leastways, if such was your intention as to enter and careen, and there ain't no better place for that in these waters."
THE cruiser Vanator careened through the tempest That she had not been dashed to the ground, or twisted by the force of the elements into tangled wreckage, was due entirely to the caprice of Nature.
And when we careened the Snark and had to work in the water to our necks between shocks of fever, I noted how raw trade rum helped the work along.
The door slammed to because it was on the careened side; and in a half second I was in the boat, and Jim come tumbling after me.
I had them polish it with cocoanut husks when she was careened at Poonga- Poonga.
As an overladen Indiaman bearing down the Hindostan coast with a deck load of frightened horses, careens, buries, rolls, and wallows on her way; so did this old whale heave his aged bulk, and now and then partly turning over on his cumbrous rib-ends, expose the cause of his devious wake in the unnatural stump of his starboard fin.
Unguided, our vessel careened wildly in its mad flight, rising ever nearer the rocks above.
His pictures, which for months had lain at an agent's, careened like crippled battleships, had at length begun to find a market.
The high black craft careened over to the awful strain.
A year after a court ordered a fresh probe into the death of Careen Chepchumba on February 12, 2012, there is little hope that police will find the killer.
Careen Bian, VP for Operations of Stockbridge American International School awards the Certificate of Appreciation to Jaime Yorke
Under the outstanding leadership of founder and chairman emeritus William Belo, president and CEOLorraine Belo-Cincochan, SEVP-COORosemarie Ong, EVP-CPO Careen Belo and EVP-DirectorMark Andrew Belo, Wilcon has become an industry powerhouse with a total of 52 operating stores nationwide with eight more to open this year.