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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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,, "Malik Newman's March Metamorphosis Was Only a Matter of Time," 30 Mar. 2018 But a third-quarter flurry by James, with Green as his sidekick, floated an ominous cloud over New England. New York Times, "Look Who Answered LeBron’s Call: Jeff Green, the Former Celtic," 28 May 2018 Serving as low-key comic sidekicks are Avanish (Balasingham Thamilchelvan), a South Asian immigrant with minimal command of French; and Basile (Alban Ivanov), who understands him despite their lack of a common language. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sink or Swim' ('Le Grand bain'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 14 May 2018 Their budding romance is a long time coming for Joelle, who spent the first season as Sam’s sidekick., "Dear White People," 8 May 2018 The Christmas show features Lynch’s longtime sidekick Kate Flannery. Hal Boedeker,, "Jane Lynch brings Christmas show to Orlando," 23 Apr. 2018 Also, the fact that Loki is less a villain and more Thor’s sidekick didn't help matters., "Is 'Black Panther' Marvel's greatest movie yet?," 19 Feb. 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

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

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