verb (used without object)
- to go on strike; stage a walkout: The miners will walk unless they get a pay raise.
- to be acquitted or to be released or fined rather than sentenced to jail: If the prosecutor doesn't present his case well, the murderer may walk.
verb (used with object)
- the route of a street vendor, tradesman, or the like.
- the district or area in which such a route is located.
- a tract of forest land under the charge of one forester or keeper.
- to remove illegally; steal.
- to win or attain, as in a competition: to walk off with the first prize for flower arrangements.
- to surpass one's competitors; win easily: to walk off with the fight.
- to go on strike.
- to leave in protest: to walk out of a committee meeting.
- to release (a play) by combining a reading aloud of the lines with the designated physical movements.
- Informal.to perform (a role, play, etc.) in a perfunctory manner.
- to make little or no effort in performing one's role: He didn't like the script and walked through his part.
- to be forced by another to walk on tiptoe.
- to walk cautiously.
- to be discharged or dismissed.
- to discharge or dismiss (someone).
Origin of walk
Synonyms for walk
Examples from the Web for walk
Contemporary Examples of walk
Creating PGCs from skin tissue, on the other hand, seems like a walk in the park compared to egg freezing.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
“They know there are drug spots,” said Wanda Williams, who was out for a walk with her son.
“They just walk around, they ride in their patrol cars, and they just pass by,” he said.
It's nothing for someone to walk up to me in the store or at a restaurant and ask for an autograph or speak to me.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
We want [fans] to walk away changed or better or at least entertained by it.Four TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Return In 2015
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of walk
To the disgust of the latter, Robert actually had the presumption to walk home with Hester.
At Percival's suggestion of a walk, Miss Milbrey was delighted.
"I'll walk a bit with you," said his sister, donning her jacket and a cap.
"You'll be too proud to walk with your ould mother," said Mrs. Malone.
We can only crawl along, having to walk and lead the horses, or at least drag them.Explorations in Australia
- to be a prostitute
- to wander round a town or city, esp when looking for work or having nowhere to stay
- an arrangement of trees or shrubs in widely separated rows
- the space between such rows
Word Origin for walk
Old English wealcan "to toss, roll," and wealcian "to roll up, curl, muffle up," from Proto-Germanic *welk- (cf. Old Norse valka "to drag about," Danish valke "to full," Middle Dutch walken "to knead, press, full," Old High German walchan "to knead," German walken "to full"), perhaps ultimately from PIE root *wel- "to turn, bend, twist, roll" (see volvox).
Meaning shifted in early Middle English, perhaps from colloquial use of the Old English word. "Rarely is there so specific a word as NE walk, clearly distinguished from both go and run" [Buck]. Meaning "to go away" is recorded from mid-15c. Transitive meaning "to exercise a dog (or horse)" is from late 15c. The surname Walker probably preserves the cloth-fulling sense. Related: Walked; walking.
late 14c., "act of walking" (see walk (v.)). The noun meaning "broad path in a garden" is from 1530s; walk of life is from 1752. Sports sense of "base on balls" is recorded from 1905. To win in a walk (1854) is from horse racing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with walk
- walk all over
- walk a tightrope
- walk away from
- walk away with
- walking encyclopedia
- walking papers
- walk off with
- walk of life
- walk on air
- walk on eggs
- walk out
- walk over
- walk tall
- walk the floor
- walk the plank
- walk through
- cock of the walk
- hands down (in a walk)
- worship the ground someone walks on