[ waw-king ]
/ ˈwɔ kɪŋ /



Nearby words

  1. walker hound,
  2. walker lake,
  3. walker, alice,
  4. walker, james john,
  5. walkie-talkie,
  6. walking bass,
  7. walking beam,
  8. walking bus,
  9. walking catfish,
  10. walking delegate

Origin of walking

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at walk, -ing2, -ing1

Related formsnon·walk·ing, adjective, noun

Origin of walk

before 1000; (v.) 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 v.

Related formsun·walked, adjective

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Examples from the Web for walking

British Dictionary definitions for walking


/ (ˈwɔːkɪŋ) /


(of a person) considered to possess the qualities of something inanimate as specifiedhe is a walking encyclopedia


/ (wɔːk) /



Derived Formswalkable, adjective

Word Origin for walk

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

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Word Origin and History for walking
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Medicine definitions for walking


[ wôk ]


To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run.


The gait of a human in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
The characteristic way in which one walks.

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Idioms and Phrases with walking


In addition to the idioms beginning with walk

  • walk all over
  • walk a tightrope
  • walk away from
  • walk away with
  • walking encyclopedia
  • walking papers
  • walk off with
  • walk of life
  • walk on air
  • walk on eggs
  • walk out
  • walk over
  • walk tall
  • walk the floor
  • walk the plank
  • walk through

also see:

  • cock of the walk
  • hands down (in a walk)
  • worship the ground someone walks on
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