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  1. being, situated, or found at or along the wayside: a wayside inn.

Origin of wayside

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at way1, side1
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Historical Examples of wayside

  • They sat around on the fence, or on the logs dumped down by the wayside.

  • You had your time of weakness, perhaps all men have that; you fell by the wayside.


    W. A. Fraser

  • A black jack of ale and the heel of a loaf at a wayside inn were all my refreshments.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I found a man dying by the wayside, too weak to move, too blind to see.

  • And when they came to a gate they sat down in the grass by the wayside.

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

British Dictionary definitions for wayside


    1. the side or edge of a road
    2. (modifier)situated by the waysidea wayside inn
  1. fall by the wayside to cease or fail to continue doing somethingof the nine starters, three fell by the wayside
  2. go by the wayside to be put aside on account of something more urgent
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Word Origin and History for wayside

"the side of the road," c.1400, from way + side (n.). To fall by the wayside is from Luke viii:5.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wayside


see fall by the wayside.

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