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

Nearby words

  1. sidestep,
  2. sidestream smoke,
  3. sidestroke,
  4. sideswipe,
  5. sidetrack,
  6. sidewalk artist,
  7. sidewalk sale,
  8. sidewalk superintendent,
  9. sidewalking,
  10. sidewall

Origin of sidewalk

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

Examples from the Web for sidewalk

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
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 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