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[al-ee-wey] /ˈæl iˌweɪ/
an alley or lane.
a narrow passageway.
Origin of alleyway
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90; alley1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for alley-way
Historical Examples
  • Up this alley-way a man had been picking his prowling way in the dark.

  • After supper they all sit about the kitchen or in the alley-way, chatting, smoking.

    In Madeira Place Heman White Chaplin
  • "Really, you are too archaic for words," said an Oddity in an alley-way.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • It was nearly two o'clock when they carried the ladder into the alley-way.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • There remained the rigging and the alley-way, and neither was very enticing.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • This, in due course, took me along the alley-way to the barber's shop.

  • Lebeau had not been mistaken; there were voices in the alley-way.

    Garrick's Pupil Auguston Filon
  • They went in through the alley-way, and gained their bedroom by the steep back-staircase.

  • We heard the steps of the steward pass along the alley-way and enter 55.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Her cabin—Number 9—being the one with the porthole, was at the end of the alley-way.


    M. Leonora Eyles
British Dictionary definitions for alley-way


a narrow passage; alley
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alley-way

1788, from alley + way.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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