walk-up

[ wawk-uhp ]
/ ˈwɔkˌʌp /

noun

an apartment above the ground floor in a building that has no elevator.
a building, especially an apartment house, that has no elevator.

adjective

located above the ground floor in a building that has no elevator.
having no elevator.
accessible to pedestrians from the outside of a building: a walk-up teller's window at a bank.

Origin of walk-up

1915–20, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase walk up
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British Dictionary definitions for walk-up

walk-up


noun

US and Canadian informal
  1. a block of flats having no lift
  2. (as modifier)a walk-up block
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Word Origin and History for walk-up

walk-up


adj.

in reference to an apartment not accessible by elevator, 1919, from the verbal phrase; see walk (v.) + up (adv.). As a noun from 1925.

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