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  1. an alley or lane.
  2. a narrow passageway.
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Origin of alleyway

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; alley1 + way1
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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.

    The Grammar School Boys Snowbound

    H. Irving Hancock

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for alley-way


  1. a narrow passage; alley
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Word Origin and History for alley-way


1788, from alley + way.

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