sidekick

noun
side·​kick | \ ˈsīd-ˌkik How to pronounce sidekick (audio) \

Definition of sidekick

: a person closely associated with another as a subordinate or partner

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Examples of sidekick in a Sentence

the mayor and his sidekick movie heroes invariably have a trusty sidekick, who often provides comic relief

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The film's characters included Jinx, a robot sidekick for Phoenix's character, Max. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Secrets of the ’80s ‘SpaceCamp’ movie, revealed," 3 July 2019 Every good hero saga needs a sidekick, and Jorrel Javier fills the bill with hyperkinetic energy as the bumbling-but-loyal buddy Grover, a satyr who … um … talks to squirrels. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ strikes out, but performances shine," 20 June 2019 Bo Peep is the clear leader of the save-Forky expedition, with Woody her sometimes-bumbling sidekick. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Toy Story 4' doesn't need to exist, but in the end it's OK that it does," 15 June 2019 Even the small American town Centerville, where Police Chief Robertson (Bill Murray) and his sidekick Peterson (Adam Driver) patrol familiar neighborhood squabbles, is affected by disastrous climate change and fracking. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019 The writer had plans to bring Val's original sidekick, Earl, back by the end of season one (rumors even had actor Fred Ward reprising his role). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Kevin Bacon shares the Tremors TV pilot—Val is washed, Graboids are hungry," 9 June 2019 Last year, publisher Square Enix decided to tap the well again with a prequel called Before the Storm that explored the backstory of Max’s sidekick Chloe. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit has me so excited for Life is Strange 2," 26 June 2018 But the sequel does introduce Don Cheadle as Iron Man’s sidekick War Machine and Scarlett Johansson as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Black Widow. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Avengers: Infinity War Is Almost Here. Here’s What to Know About the Marvel Cinematic Universe Before You Go," 23 Apr. 2018 Even Self says that Graham may be Newton’s sidekick now and not the other way around. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Malik Newman's March Metamorphosis Was Only a Matter of Time," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sidekick

1896, in the meaning defined above

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sidekick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sidekick

informal : a person who helps and spends a lot of time with someone who is usually more important, powerful, etc.

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