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
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, BFF Adeena has signed on as sidekick, and her older brother Amir is already working his legal expertise. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2021 This role offered him a chance to play the complicated protagonist rather than the wise-cracking sidekick. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 20 May 2021 Dalgona coffee evolved into the fun sidekick to my weekend brunch adventures of baking waffles. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 Young is the head of the Hawks' snake but Capela has emerged as a productive sidekick. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2021 Pence turned himself into the most unfailingly servile sidekick in vice-presidential history. Star Tribune, 12 Jan. 2021 Alabama native also played sidekick to Gene Autry in cowboy star’s films, television series and radio shows. Mary Colurso |, al, 22 May 2021 That’s a groundbreaking progression for this trope that may be better for Black women onscreen than the Mammy or Jezebel, but still confines them to a one-dimensional sidekick that is hovering real close to the Magical Negro of cinema’s past. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, 20 May 2021 With the help of thousands of balloons and a young sidekick named Russell, Carl and his house soar across the world on an incredible journey that culminates at Paradise Falls (based on Angel Falls in Venezuela). Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sidekick

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sidekick was in 1896

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13 Jun 2021

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“Sidekick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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