a walk, especially a paved one, at the side of a street or road.

Origin of sidewalk

First recorded in 1660–70; side1 + walk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sidewalk

track, path, pavement, boardwalk, walkway, footpath

Examples from the Web for sidewalk

Contemporary Examples of sidewalk

Historical Examples of sidewalk

  • He is constantly stopping or turning his horses to the sidewalk, right or left.

  • With a whine of remonstrance it swung wider, and Crane stepped out on the sidewalk.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Eudora paced down the sidewalk with a magnificent, stately gait.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • He was aware of Angle's fluttering farewells on the sidewalk.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • And then she was on the sidewalk, her face, upturned to his, vivacious with excitement.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for sidewalk



US and Canadian a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a roadAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): pavement
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Word Origin and History for sidewalk

"path for pedestrians on the side of a street," 1739, from side (adj.) + walk (n.). The use of sidewalk for pavement as one of the characteristic differences between American and British English has been noted since at least 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper