pedestrian

[ puh-des-tree-uh n ]
/ pəˈdɛs tri ən /

noun

a person who goes or travels on foot; walker.

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. pedernales,
  2. pedes,
  3. pedesis,
  4. pedestal,
  5. pedestal table,
  6. pedestrian crossing,
  7. pedestrianism,
  8. pedestrianize,
  9. pedestrianized,
  10. pedi

Origin of pedestrian

1710–20; < Latin pedestri- (stem of pedester on foot, derivative of pēs (stem ped-); see pedi-) + -an

Related formsnon·pe·des·tri·an, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pedestrian

pedestrian

/ (pɪˈdɛstrɪən) /

noun

  1. a person travelling on foot; walker
  2. (as modifier)a pedestrian precinct

adjective

dull; commonplacea pedestrian style of writing

Word Origin for pedestrian

C18: from Latin pedester, from pēs foot

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