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walk-up

[wawk-uhp]
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noun
  1. an apartment above the ground floor in a building that has no elevator.
  2. a building, especially an apartment house, that has no elevator.
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adjective
  1. located above the ground floor in a building that has no elevator.
  2. having no elevator.
  3. accessible to pedestrians from the outside of a building: a walk-up teller's window at a bank.
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Origin of walk-up

1915–20, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase walk up
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Related Words for walk-up

lead-in, suite, tenement, condo, walk-up, flat, residence, cave, accommodation, penthouse, room, joint, pad, lodging, rental, co-op, coop, cooperative, dump

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Historical Examples of walk-up

  • The house in which Cassy lived was what is agreeably known as a walk-up.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Paliser got out, preceded Cassy to the steps of the walk-up and smiled in her face.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • It had been arranged that the fallen star was to come to the walk-up and accompany Cassy to the Splendor.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • In the sphere of life to which a walk-up leads, the charts were dotted with but the postman and the corner druggist.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • The idea that it would lift him out of the walk-up, out of Harlem and cold veal, was the one excuse for her voyage to Cytherea.

    The Paliser case

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British Dictionary definitions for walk-up

walk-up

noun
  1. 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

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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