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  1. a close friend.
  2. a confederate or assistant.
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Origin of sidekick

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; side1 + kick
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  • It's even more interesting that his sidekick is a crooked electronics engineer or scientist.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for sidekick


  1. informal a close friend or follower who accompanies another on adventures, etc
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Word Origin and History for sidekick


also side-kick, "companion or close associate," 1901, also side-kicker (1903), American English, of unknown origin. Earlier terms were side-pal (1886), side-partner (1886).

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