[ wey-sahyd ]
/ ˈweɪˌsaɪd /


the side of the way; land immediately adjacent to a road, highway, path, etc.; roadside.


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

Nearby words

  1. waynesboro,
  2. waypoint,
  3. ways,
  4. ways and means,
  5. ways and means committee,
  6. wayward,
  7. waywardly,
  8. wayworn,
  9. wayzgoose,
  10. wazirabad

Origin of wayside

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wayside


/ (ˈweɪˌsaɪd) /


  1. the side or edge of a road
  2. (modifier)situated by the waysidea wayside inn
fall by the wayside to cease or fail to continue doing somethingof the nine starters, three fell by the wayside
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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