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: located above the ground floor in a building with no elevator
a walk-up apartment
: consisting of several stories and having no elevator
a walk-up tenement
: designed to allow pedestrians to be served without entering a building
the walk-up window of a bank


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: an apartment or office building of several stories that has no elevator
also : an apartment or office in such a building

Examples of walk-up in a Sentence

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An exterior sliding glass window allowed for walk-up service. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2023 Allure also has a walk-up bar with a menu that includes local and imported beers, hard seltzers, red and white wine, various spirits and Viejas’ signature margarita, which has Patron tequila reposado, Cointreau orange liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 The event is already sold out, but limited walk-up tickets should be available. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Homeless service providers at the navigation center said the situation points to a dire need for more walk-up, low barrier emergency shelter — and for more housing in Anchorage. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2023 The Vestavia Hills restaurant will feature a walk-up counter, digital menu boards and limited seating. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 30 Aug. 2023 Orders can be placed ahead or made directly at the walk-up window. Chelsea Brasted, Southern Living, 23 Aug. 2023 And don’t miss Tortuga, the outdoor walk-up window serving authentic Mexican food behind the storefront. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 22 Aug. 2023 This is not to be a walk-up shelter, and there will need to be zoning changes and planning approved by the council. Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Aug. 2023
Cousin’s also has a gift shop, complete with a walk-up bakery counter that sells, among other things, cinnamon rolls the size of a plate. Jevensen, oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2023 John Niederkorn’s walk-up song neatly described the intensity of the game and the goofiness of the team. Stephanie Salas-Vega, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2023 Foko and its sister bakery La Pana Bakery and Cafe (at the Logan Street walk-up window) will be opening a location in the building across E. Kentucky St., says Gonzales, at the former Tim Faulker Gallery. Dana McMahan, The Courier-Journal, 14 Mar. 2023 Upstairs, one wing holds four bedrooms and a bath, while the other holds a laundry room, bath, office, and the two largest bedrooms, plus a walk-up attic. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Mar. 2023 Advertisement The rewarding gallery of characters who pass through the Brusteins’ modest walk-up, authentically rendered by the Dots design collective, go a long way to enriching Hansberry’s construct. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2023 The restaurant has served drive-thru only for the last few seasons during the pandemic but will add back the walk-up window this year in response to customer demand. The Courier-Journal, 27 Feb. 2023 The team gave him the full game-day experience, including a walk-up tunnel video, his own locker, warm-up drills and a postgame interview. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2023 The new Andy’s will feature a drive-thru and walk-up service window, and an outdoor dining area. Bob Bong, Chicago Tribune, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of walk-up was in 1906

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“Walk-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walk-up. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an apartment or office building without an elevator
walk-up adjective

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