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[wey-sahyd] /ˈweɪˌsaɪd/
the side of the way; land immediately adjacent to a road, highway, path, etc.; roadside.
being, situated, or found at or along the wayside:
a wayside inn.
Origin of wayside
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at way1, side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And when they came to a gate they sat down in the grass by the wayside.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • If we wanted him we had to gather him up by the wayside and bring him home with us.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Stay one minute—I want to hear—who found me by the wayside, as you say, in fragments?

    The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • We were in the little parlor of the wayside, Mr. Hawthorne's house in Concord.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • A wayside stall of palm-thatched bamboo provides sageroe for thirsty pilgrims.

British Dictionary definitions for wayside


  1. the side or edge of a road
  2. (modifier) situated by the wayside: a wayside inn
fall by the wayside, to cease or fail to continue doing something: of the nine starters, three fell by the wayside
go by the wayside, to be put aside on account of something more urgent
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Word Origin and History for wayside

"the side of the road," c.1400, from way + side (n.). To fall by the wayside is from Luke viii:5.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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