side·​walk ˈsīd-ˌwȯk How to pronounce sidewalk (audio)
: a usually paved walk for pedestrians at the side of a street

Example Sentences

Bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalk.
Recent Examples on the Web The movie has no obligation to include all the worst details of his being bullied by anti-Semitic kids; the Joseph McBride biography of Spielberg includes accounts of swastikas on the sidewalk, and worse. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 The main floor is a hive of nonstop activity: a glass-walled room adorned with record vinyls is positioned just across from the reception and houses Eaton Radio, where rotating DJs play live music in front of passers-by on the sidewalk. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2022 Stepping over needles on the sidewalk, Alexander Cruz walked up to the crumbling front stoop of a West Baltimore home. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 22 Nov. 2022 There were, however, occasional reminders of more unusual goings-on: a horse turd on the sidewalk, a golden retriever trouncing through the glass atrium. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2022 This is how people eat: outdoors, in their backyards, and their patio, in an alley space, on the sidewalk. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 May their AirPods never fall on the sidewalk again. Vanessa Powell, ELLE, 14 Nov. 2022 The actress last shared a picture of her daughter on Instagram in August, snapping a cute shot of the toddler playing with bubbles on the sidewalk. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 Tourists swerved around the huddle of migrants massed on the sidewalk, filling outstretched shirts with peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and apples. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidewalk was in 1739

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Cite this Entry

“Sidewalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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side·​walk ˈsīd-ˌwȯk How to pronounce sidewalk (audio)
: a usually paved walk at the side of a street or road

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