sidewalk [sahyd-wawk] ExamplesWord Origin noun
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.
November 23, 2014
They roll back the sidewalks precisely at ten, And the people who live there are not seen again.
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
The McCullen decision strikes down the Massachusetts law because it includes public streets and sidewalks.
June 26, 2014
Alongside the emergency vehicles, neighborhood people clogged the sidewalks.
March 12, 2014
This was a bright Texas day with a snap to the air, and there were cars on the streets and people on the sidewalks.
November 22, 2013
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.
George W. Cable
The gutters are in the middle of the thoroughfares, and the sidewalks are only a few inches in width.
Maturin M. Ballou
Don’t spit on the sidewalks; it spreads disease, and it is against the law.
Henry N. Ogden
It was a very broad and magnificent street, and the sidewalks were very wide.
British Dictionary definitions for sidewalks sidewalk noun
- 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.