[waw-ter-sahyd, wot-er-]


the margin, bank, or shore of a river, lake, ocean, etc.


of, relating to, or situated at the waterside: waterside insects; a waterside resort.
working by the waterside: waterside police.

Origin of waterside

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at water, side1
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Examples from the Web for waterside

Historical Examples of waterside

  • Our route brought us along by the waterside, and we travelled hard all that night.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The dairy-maid was down by the waterside now, calling across toward the boat.

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

  • Through these Lydia led the way to the fallen birch by the waterside.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • I picked you up by the waterside, like a starving cat—by God.

  • Dark and impenetrable at night, like the face of a forest, is the London waterside.

British Dictionary definitions for waterside



  1. the area of land beside a body of water
  2. (as modifier)waterside houses
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