Origin of walking
verb (used without object)
- to go on strike; stage a walkout: The miners will walk unless they get a pay raise.
- to be acquitted or to be released or fined rather than sentenced to jail: If the prosecutor doesn't present his case well, the murderer may walk.
verb (used with object)
- the route of a street vendor, tradesman, or the like.
- the district or area in which such a route is located.
- a tract of forest land under the charge of one forester or keeper.
- to remove illegally; steal.
- to win or attain, as in a competition: to walk off with the first prize for flower arrangements.
- to surpass one's competitors; win easily: to walk off with the fight.
- to go on strike.
- to leave in protest: to walk out of a committee meeting.
- to release (a play) by combining a reading aloud of the lines with the designated physical movements.
- Informal.to perform (a role, play, etc.) in a perfunctory manner.
- to make little or no effort in performing one's role: He didn't like the script and walked through his part.
- to be forced by another to walk on tiptoe.
- to walk cautiously.
- to be discharged or dismissed.
- to discharge or dismiss (someone).
Origin of walk
Synonyms for walk
Related Words for walkingambulatory, hiking, marching, promenading, afoot, ambulate, roaming, strolling, strutting, wandering
Examples from the Web for walking
Contemporary Examples of walking
They became so brown and shriveled that they looked like walking beef jerky with New York accents.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
The Walking Dead piled up an impressive body count in 2014, with Lizzie, Hershel, and Beth among its major casualties.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014
January 1, 2015
Other footage shows him fleeing, keeping to a quick walk, jogging briefly, then walking again as he heads for a subway station.
After walking block after block holding that container, he had suddenly discarded it and was now clutching a gun.
I am reminded of the story of Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent, VT) walking along the shores of Lake Champlain.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
Historical Examples of walking
Uncle Peter did succeed in walking as far as Madison Square.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The day was excessively hot again, and walking was most fatiguing.Explorations in Australia
"I wish you were entirely independent of Austin," said Viviette, walking with him up the lawn.
Below, on the terrace, Viviette was walking, and she filled his universe.
But Andrew, walking like one dazed, had crossed the room slowly.Way of the Lawless
- to be a prostitute
- to wander round a town or city, esp when looking for work or having nowhere to stay
- an arrangement of trees or shrubs in widely separated rows
- the space between such rows
Word Origin for walk
c.1400, present participle adjective from walk (v.). Walking sickness, one in which the sufferer is able to get about and is not bed-ridden, is from 1846. Walking wounded is recorded from 1917. Walking bass is attested from 1939 in jazz slang. Walking stick is recorded from 1570s; the insect so called from 1760.
late 14c., "act of walking" (see walk (v.)). The noun meaning "broad path in a garden" is from 1530s; walk of life is from 1752. Sports sense of "base on balls" is recorded from 1905. To win in a walk (1854) is from horse racing.
Old English wealcan "to toss, roll," and wealcian "to roll up, curl, muffle up," from Proto-Germanic *welk- (cf. Old Norse valka "to drag about," Danish valke "to full," Middle Dutch walken "to knead, press, full," Old High German walchan "to knead," German walken "to full"), perhaps ultimately from PIE root *wel- "to turn, bend, twist, roll" (see volvox).
Meaning shifted in early Middle English, perhaps from colloquial use of the Old English word. "Rarely is there so specific a word as NE walk, clearly distinguished from both go and run" [Buck]. Meaning "to go away" is recorded from mid-15c. Transitive meaning "to exercise a dog (or horse)" is from late 15c. The surname Walker probably preserves the cloth-fulling sense. Related: Walked; 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
- cock of the walk
- hands down (in a walk)
- worship the ground someone walks on