having walls (sometimes used in combination): a high-walled prison.
enclosed or fortified with a wall: a walled village.

Origin of walled

before 1000; Middle English; Old English geweallod; see wall, -ed2, -ed3




any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc.
Usually walls. a rampart raised for defensive purposes.
an immaterial or intangible barrier, obstruction, etc., suggesting a wall: a wall of prejudice.
a wall-like, enclosing part, thing, mass, etc.: a wall of fire; a wall of troops.
an embankment to prevent flooding, as a levee or sea wall.
the outermost film or layer of structural material protecting, surrounding, and defining the physical limits of an object: the wall of a blood cell.
Soccer. a line of defenders standing shoulder to shoulder in an attempt to block a free kick with their bodies.
  1. the side of a level or drift.
  2. the overhanging or underlying side of a vein; a hanging wall or footwall.


of or relating to a wall: wall space.
growing against or on a wall: wall plants; wall cress.
situated, placed, or installed in or on a wall: wall oven; a wall safe.

verb (used with object)

to enclose, shut off, divide, protect, border, etc., with or as if with a wall (often followed by in or off): to wall the yard; to wall in the play area; He is walled in by lack of opportunity.
to seal or fill (a doorway or other opening) with a wall: to wall an unused entrance.
to seal or entomb (something or someone) within a wall (usually followed by up): The workmen had walled up the cat quite by mistake.

Origin of wall

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English w(e)all < Latin vallum palisade, derivative of vallus stake, post; see wale1; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related formswall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjectiveun·wall, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for wall

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Examples from the Web for walled

Contemporary Examples of walled

Historical Examples of walled

  • She would have a good cook-stove, and the great fireplace should be walled up.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • They were permitted to hold their meetings outside the walled towns.

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • In the end, when she had divided it all, she retired to a convent of Carmelites, walled off from the world.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • And up in the pines he constructed a 200 platform, which he walled and covered with boughs.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • In her mind it had been walled up ever since the hour of Macquart's death.

British Dictionary definitions for walled



  1. a vertical construction made of stone, brick, wood, etc, with a length and height much greater than its thickness, used to enclose, divide, or support
  2. (as modifier)wall hangings Related adjective: mural
(often plural) a structure or rampart built to protect and surround a position or place for defensive purposes
anatomy any lining, membrane, or investing part that encloses or bounds a bodily cavity or structureabdominal wall Technical name: paries Related adjective: parietal
mountaineering a vertical or almost vertical smooth rock face
anything that suggests a wall in function or effecta wall of fire; a wall of prejudice
bang one's head against a brick wall to try to achieve something impossible
drive to the wall or push to the wall to force into an awkward situation
go to the wall to be ruined; collapse financially
drive up the wall slang to cause to become crazy or furious
go up the wall slang to become crazy or furious
have one's back to the wall to be in a very difficult situation

verb (tr)

to protect, provide, or confine with or as if with a wall
(often foll by up) to block (an opening) with a wall
(often foll by in or up) to seal by or within a wall or walls
Derived Formswalled, adjectivewall-less, adjectivewall-like, adjective

Word Origin for wall

Old English weall, from Latin vallum palisade, from vallus stake
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Word Origin and History for walled



"to enclose in a wall," late Old English *weallian, from the source of wall (n.). Related: Walled; walling.



Old English weall "rampart" (natural as well as man-made), also "defensive fortification around a city, side of a building, interior partition," an Anglo-Frisian and Saxon borrowing (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wal) from Latin vallum "wall, rampart, row or line of stakes," apparently a collective form of vallus "stake." Swedish vall, Danish val are from Low German.

In this case, English uses one word where many languages have two, e.g. German Mauer "outer wall of a town, fortress, etc.," used also in reference to the former Berlin Wall, and wand "partition wall within a building" (cf. the distinction, not always rigorously kept, in Italian muro/parete, Irish mur/fraig, Lithuanian muras/siena, etc.).

Phrase up the wall "angry, crazy" is from 1951; off the wall "unorthodox, unconventional" is recorded from 1966, American English student slang. Wall-to-wall (adj.) recorded 1953, of carpeting; metaphoric use (usually disparaging) is from 1967.

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walled in Medicine




An investing part enclosing a cavity, chamber, or other anatomical unit.
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Idioms and Phrases with walled


In addition to the idioms beginning with wall

  • walls have ears, the

also see:

  • back to the wall
  • beat one's head against the wall
  • between you and me and the lamppost (four walls)
  • climb the walls
  • drive someone crazy (up the wall)
  • fly on the wall
  • go to the wall
  • handwriting on the wall
  • hole in the wall
  • off the wall
  • run into a stone wall
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