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  1. a narrow walkway, especially one high above the surrounding area, used to provide access or allow workers to stand or move, as over the stage in a theater, outside the roadway of a bridge, along the top of a railroad car, etc.

Origin of catwalk

First recorded in 1880–85; cat + walk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for catwalk

bridge, footway

Examples from the Web for catwalk

Contemporary Examples of catwalk

Historical Examples of catwalk

  • He snapped a cover back in place and swung down from the catwalk.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole

  • He clambered out onto the catwalk, leaving the air lock open.

    Tight Squeeze

    Dean Charles Ing

  • Burke's glasses flew from his face, hit the catwalk and caromed off to the ground.


    Robert Shea

  • The Indians will be shooting down from the catwalk at our men when they try to get back here to us.


    Robert Shea

  • When the smoke cleared, the brave was still standing on the catwalk.


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for catwalk


  1. a narrow ramp extending from the stage into the audience in a theatre, nightclub, etc, esp as used by models in a fashion show
  2. a narrow pathway over the stage of a theatre, along a bridge, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for catwalk

1885, "long, narrow footway," from cat (n.) + walk (n.); in reference to such narrowness of passage one has to cross carefully, as a cat walks. Originally of ships and theatrical back-stages. Application to fashion show runways is by 1942.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper