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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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 Up there in Red Heaven, Marx’s sidekick Friedrich Engels must be smiling. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "Germany’s Boring Election Is Nothing to Snore At," 10 Sep. 2017 The makers of a 2018 Good Housekeeping Toy Award winner, Lost Kitties, are launching a pesky sidekick, mice! Selina Tedesco, Good Housekeeping, "EXCLUSIVE: Hasbro Is Bringing Lost Kitties Mice Mania to Stores This Spring," 13 Feb. 2019 Ingram is only 21 years old, and his development from a good player to a great player would be a windfall for James, who’s in search of a sidekick like Dwyane Wade or Kyrie Irving. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Lakers Have LeBron James. Now What?," 16 Oct. 2018 Austin Dorman’s Mortimer is a sidekick one comes to care about. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Tandem gets 'The Fantasticks' right," 30 Apr. 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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