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Idioms about walk

Origin of walk

First recorded before 1000; (verb) 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 verb


un·walked, adjective
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What is a basic definition of walk?

Walk is a verb that means to move at a moderate pace with the feet. A walk is a period of time spent walking. Walk can also mean to help someone walk or to cause something to walk. Walk has many other senses as a noun and verb. Walk is also used in several idioms.

When you walk, you stand upright and put one foot in front of the other at a normal pace. Normally, when most people want to move from place to place, they walk. We also use walk to describe the movement of animals with more than two legs that alternate feet as they move. For example, you could say that your cat walked across a street.

  • Real-life examples: It is a major life stage when toddlers learn how to walk. You might walk to the store to buy food. Cities are full of people walking on the sidewalks.
  • Used in a sentence: My foot hurts so badly that I can barely walk.

Related to this sense, a walk is a period of walking done for exercise or entertainment.

  • Used in a sentence: I got so angry that I had to take a walk to cool down.

Walk can also mean to cause something (usually an animal) to walk. When referring to people, walk means to help someone walk or to join them on a walk.

  • Used in a sentence: Tamica walked her elderly neighbor across the busy intersection.

Walk is also used in several idioms. If someone is said to walk the walk, for example, it means that they do exactly what they say they do. This idiom is often used along with the phrase talk the talk to refer to someone making grand statements and either succeeding or failing to live up to them.

  • Used in a sentence: Nathan claims he can lift 600 pounds. He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?

Where does walk come from?

The first records of walk come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English wealcan, meaning “to roll or toss.”

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How is walk used in real life?

Walk is a very common word that means to move at an average speed by foot.

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Is walk used correctly in the following sentence?

I carefully walked across the room so I wouldn’t step on any toys.

How to use walk in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for walk

/ (wɔːk) /


Derived forms of walk

walkable, adjective

Word Origin for walk

Old English wealcan; related to Old High German walchan, Sanskrit valgati he moves
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