- a person who goes or travels on foot; walker.
- going or performed on foot; walking.
- of or relating to walking.
- lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull: a pedestrian commencement speech.
Origin of pedestrian
Related Words for pedestrianmundane, prosaic, humdrum, banal, mediocre, plodding, stroller, walker, hiker, passerby, flat, commonplace, monotone, blah, boring, ordinary, ambler, dim, dreary, inane
Examples from the Web for pedestrian
Contemporary Examples of pedestrian
A number of bottles and other debris came down upon the demonstrators and cops on the roadway from the pedestrian walkway above.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
Every car passenger and pedestrian is checked, one by one, until the operatives find their target.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan
Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel
November 12, 2014
An 18-year-old man dressed as a clown mugged a pedestrian, striking him 30 times in the back and neck with an iron bar.French Freak-Out Over Creepy Clowns
October 31, 2014
Traffic, as anyone who has spent time in these cities easily notices, poses particular threats to riders and pedestrian alike.Welcome to the Billion-Man Slum
August 25, 2014
They are spread out now throughout the almost traffic and pedestrian- free city using different buildings as command bases.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command
August 15, 2014
Historical Examples of pedestrian
The pedestrian alone, of all travellers, is thus taken by the hand by Fortune.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
If Captain Anthony (Roderick) had been a pedestrian it would have been sufficient; but he was not.Chance
Every other pedestrian seemed to be a soldier; every other vehicle contained a uniform.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
But surely it is rather the pedestrian who needs this armour?
It began when a pedestrian got hit by a cab in New York City.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
- a person travelling on foot; walker
- (as modifier)a pedestrian precinct
- dull; commonplacea pedestrian style of writing
Word Origin for pedestrian
Word Origin and History for pedestrian
1716, "prosaic, dull" (of writing), from Latin pedester (genitive pedestris) "plain, not versified, prosaic," literally "on foot" (sense contrasted with equester "on horseback"), from pedes "one who goes on foot," from pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Meaning "going on foot" is first attested 1791 in English (it also was a sense of Latin pedester). The earlier adjective in English was pedestrial (1610s).
"walker," 1793, from pedestrian (adj.).