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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. 2018.
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  • They sat around on the fence, or on the logs dumped down by the wayside.

  • You had your time of weakness, perhaps all men have that; you fell by the wayside.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • A black jack of ale and the heel of a loaf at a wayside inn were all my refreshments.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I found a man dying by the wayside, too weak to move, too blind to see.

  • And when they came to a gate they sat down in the grass by the wayside.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
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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