side·​kick ˈsīd-ˌkik How to pronounce sidekick (audio)
: a person closely associated with another as a subordinate or partner

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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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sidekick was in 1896

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“Sidekick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


side·​kick ˈsīd-ˌkik How to pronounce sidekick (audio)
: one who is another's pal, partner, or helper

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