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sidewalk

[sahyd-wawk]
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noun
  1. a walk, especially a paved one, at the side of a street or road.
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Origin of sidewalk

First recorded in 1660–70; side1 + walk
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Examples from the Web for sidewalk

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  • He is constantly stopping or turning his horses to the sidewalk, right or left.

  • With a whine of remonstrance it swung wider, and Crane stepped out on the sidewalk.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Eudora paced down the sidewalk with a magnificent, stately gait.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • He was aware of Angle's fluttering farewells on the sidewalk.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • And then she was on the sidewalk, her face, upturned to his, vivacious with excitement.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for sidewalk

sidewalk

noun
  1. US and Canadian a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a roadAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): pavement
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Word Origin and History for sidewalk

n.

"path for pedestrians on the side of a street," 1739, from side (adj.) + walk (n.). The use of sidewalk for pavement as one of the characteristic differences between American and British English has been noted since at least 1902.

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