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[wawk-uhp] /ˈwɔkˌʌp/
an apartment above the ground floor in a building that has no elevator.
a building, especially an apartment house, that has no elevator.
located above the ground floor in a building that has no elevator.
having no elevator.
accessible to pedestrians from the outside of a building:
a walk-up teller's window at a bank.
Origin of walk-up
1915-20, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase walk up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The house in which Cassy lived was what is agreeably known as a walk-up.

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  • Paliser got out, preceded Cassy to the steps of the walk-up and smiled in her face.

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  • It had been arranged that the fallen star was to come to the walk-up and accompany Cassy to the Splendor.

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  • In the sphere of life to which a walk-up leads, the charts were dotted with but the postman and the corner druggist.

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  • The idea that it would lift him out of the walk-up, out of Harlem and cold veal, was the one excuse for her voyage to Cytherea.

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  • On leaving the walk-up Jones discovered a restaurant that he judged convenient and vile.

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British Dictionary definitions for walk-up


(US & Canadian, informal)
  1. a block of flats having no lift
  2. (as modifier): a walk-up block
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for walk-up

in reference to an apartment not accessible by elevator, 1919, from the verbal phrase; see walk (v.) + up (adv.). As a noun from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for walk-up



A room, apartment, building, etc, without an elevator: second-floor walk-ups above stores (1919+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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