Idioms

    take a walk, Informal. to leave, especially abruptly and without any intention or prospect of returning (often used imperatively to indicate dismissal): If he doesn't get his way, he takes a walk. I don't need your advice, so take a walk.
    walk (someone) through, to guide or instruct carefully one step at a time: The teacher will walk the class through the entire testing procedure before the real test begins.
    walk Spanish,
    1. to be forced by another to walk on tiptoe.
    2. to walk cautiously.
    3. to be discharged or dismissed.
    4. to discharge or dismiss (someone).
    walk the plank. plank(def 8).

Origin of walk

before 1000; (v.) Middle English walken, Old English wealcan to roll, toss, gewealcan to go; cognate with Dutch, German walken to full (cloth), Old Norse vālka to toss; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related formsun·walked, adjective

Synonyms for walk

race walking

noun

the sport of rapid, continuous-foot-contact walking, requiring that the trailing foot not be lifted until the other meets the ground and the knee locks momentarily, and executed in an upright, rhythmic stride with the arms usually held bent and high and pumped close to the body.
Compare power walking.
Also called walking, the walk, heel-and-toe racing.
Related formsrace walker, noun
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Examples from the Web for walk

Contemporary Examples of walk

Historical Examples of walk

  • To the disgust of the latter, Robert actually had the presumption to walk home with Hester.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • At Percival's suggestion of a walk, Miss Milbrey was delighted.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "I'll walk a bit with you," said his sister, donning her jacket and a cap.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "You'll be too proud to walk with your ould mother," said Mrs. Malone.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • We can only crawl along, having to walk and lead the horses, or at least drag them.



British Dictionary definitions for walk

walk

verb

(intr) to move along or travel on foot at a moderate rate; advance in such a manner that at least one foot is always on the ground
(tr) to pass through, on, or over on foot, esp habitually
(tr) to cause, assist, or force to move along at a moderate rateto walk a dog
(tr) to escort or conduct by walkingto walk someone home
(intr) (of ghosts, spirits, etc) to appear or move about in visible form
(of inanimate objects) to move or cause to move in a manner that resembles walking
(intr) to follow a certain course or way of lifeto walk in misery
(tr) to bring into a certain condition by walkingI walked my shoes to shreds
(tr) to measure, survey, or examine by walking
(tr) baseball to allow a batter to go to first base without batting by throwing four balls outside of the strike zone
Also: travel (intr) basketball to take more than two steps without passing or dribbling the ball
to disappear or be stolenwhere's my pencil? It seems to have walked
(intr) slang, mainly US (in a court of law) to be acquitted or given a noncustodial sentence
walk it to win easily
walk the plank See plank 1 (def. 4)
walk on air to be delighted or exhilarated
walk tall informal to have self-respect or pride
walk the streets
  1. to be a prostitute
  2. to wander round a town or city, esp when looking for work or having nowhere to stay
walk the walk or walk the talk informal to put theory into practiceyou can talk the talk but can you walk the walk? See also talk (def. 15)

noun

the act or an instance of walking
the distance or extent walked
a manner of walking; gait
a place set aside for walking; promenade
a chosen profession or sphere of activity (esp in the phrase walk of life)
a foot race in which competitors walk
  1. an arrangement of trees or shrubs in widely separated rows
  2. the space between such rows
an enclosed ground for the exercise or feeding of domestic animals, esp horses
mainly British the route covered in the course of work, as by a tradesman or postman
a procession; marchOrange walk
obsolete the section of a forest controlled by a keeper
Derived Formswalkable, adjective

Word Origin for walk

Old English wealcan; related to Old High German walchan, Sanskrit valgati he moves
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Word Origin and History for walk
v.

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.

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for walk

walk

[wôk]

v.

To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run.

n.

The gait of a human in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
The characteristic way in which one walks.

race walking

n.

The sport of walking for speed, the rules of which require the racer to maintain continual foot contact with the ground and to keep the supporting leg straight at the knee when that leg is directly below the body.
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Idioms and Phrases with walk

walk

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

also see:

  • cock of the walk
  • hands down (in a walk)
  • worship the ground someone walks on
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