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 Raúl sets out to enact his hacker plan with Bruno as his technology savvy sidekick. Ariana Romero,, "Who Is Control Z’s Hacker? The Shocking Answer, Explained," 26 May 2020 Octavia Spencer plays the Manticore, who could be a heroic figure but is here mostly a sassy sidekick. Rumaan Alam, The New Yorker, "“Onward,” the Silly, Cynical Pixar Movie That Strikes a Nerve During Quarantine," 23 Apr. 2020 Onscreen, Butler’s character Trevor is the carefree sidekick to Peter, adored by many. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Ross Butler Wants To Show Asian Actors Can Play More Than The ‘Best Friend’," 19 Feb. 2020 The film and the 2014 novel it's based on helped Asian American kids and teens see themselves as the protagonist in a fun love story, as opposed to being the sidekick or best friend. NBC News, "Coronavirus cases spike, Trump doesn't rule out Stone pardon and Snoop Dogg apologizes: The Morning Rundown," 13 Feb. 2020 On the other, NBA teams generally don’t pay players $22 million per year to be sidekicks. Mike Finger,, "San Antonio Spurs need more from LaMarcus Aldridge," 8 Feb. 2020 The potato chip is the perfect salty sidekick to any sandwich. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What happened to historical Midwest potato chip brands? Some of them have survived — sort of.," 30 Jan. 2020 Leia was not just a sidekick one of the male leads had on his arm, or a damsel in distress. Time, "Princess Leia Was My Keeper. Now, I'm Hers," 7 Nov. 2019 Alderweireld is the undisputed leader, but Vertonghen is the better sidekick at the minute., "Tottenham Hotspur: Trying to Figure Out Mauricio Pochettino's Best Defensive Line," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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“Sidekick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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