sidewalk [sahyd-wawk] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a walk, especially a paved one, at the side of a street or road.

Origin of sidewalk First recorded in 1660–70; side1 + walk Related Words for sidewalks track, path, pavement, boardwalk, walkway, footpath Examples from the Web for sidewalks Contemporary Examples of sidewalks

  • Small wooden shacks filled with canned goods and phone cards clutter the sidewalks.

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  • They roll back the sidewalks precisely at ten, And the people who live there are not seen again.

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  • The McCullen decision strikes down the Massachusetts law because it includes public streets and sidewalks.

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  • Alongside the emergency vehicles, neighborhood people clogged the sidewalks.

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  • This was a bright Texas day with a snap to the air, and there were cars on the streets and people on the sidewalks.

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  • Historical Examples of sidewalks

  • “These sidewalks are too narrow for four,” declared Mrs. Wyeth.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • By noon the sidewalks were completely covered in miles of streets.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • The gutters are in the middle of the thoroughfares, and the sidewalks are only a few inches in width.

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    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Don’t spit on the sidewalks; it spreads disease, and it is against the law.

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    Henry N. Ogden

  • It was a very broad and magnificent street, and the sidewalks were very wide.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for sidewalks sidewalk noun

    1. US and Canadian a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a roadAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): pavement

    Word Origin and History for sidewalks sidewalk n.

    “path for pedestrians on the side of a street,” 1739, from side (adj.) + walk (n.). The use of sidewalk for pavement as one of the characteristic differences between American and British English has been noted since at least 1902.

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