side·kick | \ˈsīd-ˌkik \

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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This time around, the Pitch Perfect actress/singer took to the stage as Le Fou, Gaston’s sidekick. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "'Beauty and the Beast' in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: 8 Animated Highlights," 26 May 2018 Below, Evans opens up about stepping into Gaston's boots, singing for the first time onscreen and his chemistry with Gad, who plays Gaston's lovable sidekick, Le Fou. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Luke Evans on Becoming Gaston for 'Beauty and the Beast'," 13 Mar. 2017 But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Movie Screening for the Family," 2 July 2018 And Kate’s imaginary sidekick, Roy, who aids her faulty memory, is more tedious than amusing. Alex Witchel, New York Times, "Allison Pearson ‘Does It’ Again," 1 June 2018 Hager — aka Pops, his character name this year — will be joined by his ventriloquist dummy, Lolly, who’s been his sidekick for two years. Carolina Gusman,, "At the San Diego County Fair, it's all about the sweet stuff," 31 May 2018 The idea of the Boogie Cousins trade was to bring in a sidekick for Anthony Davis. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Jrue Holiday Emerges as Pelicans' Hero in Game 2 Win Over Trail Blazers," 18 Apr. 2018 The villain, Syndrome, came to hate superheroes because Mr. Incredible had rejected him as a sidekick. Andrea Thompson, Chicago Reader, "Incredibles 2 : Who’s afraid of the superpowered woman?," 29 June 2018 And a nod to Bruce Bellingham, who was a fixture in Herb Caen’s column, was sidekick to P.J. Corkery at the Examiner, and wrote his own column for the Marina Times. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sing, sing, sing, songs for loves and mothers," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sidekick

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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