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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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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 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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