pe·​des·​tri·​an·​ism pə-ˈde-strē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce pedestrianism (audio)
: the practice of walking
: fondness for walking for exercise or recreation
: the quality or state of being unimaginative or commonplace

Examples of pedestrianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rousseau explained the connection between philosophizing and walking, marking pedestrianism as something deeper than mere transportation but as a conscious cultural act. David G. Allan, CNN, 9 Aug. 2022 The appeal of such a perspective to a helplessly intellectual young man, barely capable of crossing the street without developing a theory of pedestrianism, is easy to imagine. Benjamin Kunkel, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The Olympics were pointedly for amateur athletes, to exclude the unsavory gambling elements of pedestrianism, Squire says. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 24 July 2021 Who knew pedestrianism was such a precious, fragilepleasure, able to be snatched so quickly away? Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 9 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pedestrianism was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Pedestrianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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