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  1. an enclosing framework on casters or wheels for supporting a baby who is learning to walk.
  2. a similar device, usually a waist-high four-legged framework of lightweight metal, for use by a weak or disabled person as a support while walking.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) Informal. Walker hound.
  4. a person or thing that walks or likes to walk: He's a great walker.
  5. Theater Slang. an extra or supernumerary.
  6. Slang. a musician required by a union contract to be hired and paid full salary even when not needed for performance.

Origin of walker

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at walk, -er1


  1. Alice,born 1944, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
  2. David,1785–1830, U.S. abolitionist.
  3. James JohnJimmy, 1881–1946, U.S. politician: mayor of New York City 1926–32.
  4. John,born 1952, New Zealand track-and-field athlete.
  5. Sarah Breed·love [breed-luhv] /ˈbridˌlʌv/, 1867–1919, U.S. businesswoman and philanthropist.
  6. a city in W Michigan.
  7. a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for walker


  1. a person who walks
  2. Also called: baby walker a tubular frame on wheels or castors to support a baby learning to walk
  3. a similar support for walking, often with rubber feet, for use by disabled or infirm people
  4. a woman's escort at a social eventlet me introduce my walker for tonight


  1. Alice (Malsenior). born 1944, US writer: her works include In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973) and the novels Meridian (1976), The Color Purple (1982), and Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
  2. Sir John. born 1952, New Zealand middle-distance runner, the first athlete to run one hundred sub-four-minute miles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

walker in Medicine


  1. A frame device used to support someone, such as an infant learning to walk or a convalescent learning to walk again.
  2. A shoe specially designed for walking comfortably. Often used in the plural.
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