of or relating to persons who walk into a place from the street, especially irregularly or without an appointment: walk-in customers; walk-in sales; a walk-in patient.
large enough to be walked into: a walk-in kitchen.


a person, as a customer, patient, or interviewee, who arrives without an appointment: Many of the clinic's patients are walk-ins who suddenly need help.
something large enough to be walked into, as a closet.
an assured victory in an election or other contest.

Origin of walk-in

First recorded in 1925–30; adj., noun use of verb phrase walk in
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Contemporary Examples of walk-in

Historical Examples of walk-in

  • Crestwood's walk-in refrigerator had a freezing compartment that would accommodate a side of beef.

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  • Now the hull offis is mad at me, 'cos I ain't a walk-in' cyclopeeda of typograffickal turm.

    The Bad Boy At Home

    Walter T. Gray

  • Permission slips were easy, inoculations could be had at the walk-in clinic once a year at the fire house.

British Dictionary definitions for walk-in



(of a cupboard) large enough to allow a person to enter and move about in
US (of a building or apartment) located so as to admit of direct access from the street
(of a flat or house) in a suitable condition for immediate occupation
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