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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Here, Gigi Hadid takes the reins and roams the wilds of downtown Manhattan—with her trusty sidekick, entrepreneur and former PBR athlete Bonner Bolton. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Welcome to Westworld! How to Wear the Season’s Best Western-Inspired Fashion," 25 Sep. 2018 The sidekick has always been the protector of worlds, our last line of defense. Jermaine Fowler, GQ, "Black Panther," 14 May 2018 Anyway there’s a nice bit of reflection between Maeve and Dolores with their two lovesick sidekicks: Hector and Teddy. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld: Unraveling the Baffling Time Jumps of “The Reunion”," 29 Apr. 2018 So with that in mind, here are seven sidekicks to keep an eye on this postseason. 7. Andrew Sharp,, "Chris Paul, Draymond Green, and the Sidekicks Who Will Define the NBA Playoffs," 13 Apr. 2018 Non-support Fans here have seen so many sidekicks fail because of either their resentment of James or their simple inadequacy. Bill Livingston,, "New Cleveland Cavaliers teammates could summon LeBron James' best instincts: Bill Livingston (photos)," 13 Feb. 2018 Their comic-relief sidekicks are along for the glide, too, as the show skates into the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St., this weekend. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to do in Milwaukee this weekend: Ice princesses, road trips and the world of the Maya," 8 Feb. 2018 Even characters meant to be sidekicks, were (and are) able to stand in their own right under Lee's direction. Jill Robi, Glamour, "Stan Lee Leaves Behind a Legacy of Powerful Female Characters," 13 Nov. 2018 Purists, like Hovhannisyan, insist that fresh lavash—torn and folded for easy scooping—is the only acceptable utensil for eating khash, and that vodka, never wine or beer, is its only worthy sidekick. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Khash, Armenia’s Love-It-or-Hate-It Hangover Cure (Recipe)," 27 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

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

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