walk·​er | \ ˈwȯ-kər \

Definition of walker

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : one that walks: such as
a : a competitor in a walking race
b : a peddler going on foot
c : a temporary male escort of socially prominent women attending usually public events
2 : something used in walking: such as
a : a framework designed to support a baby learning to walk or an infirm or physically disabled person
b : a walking shoe


biographical name (1)
Walk·​er | \ ˈwȯ-kər \

Definition of Walker (Entry 2 of 4)

Alice Malsenior 1944–     American writer


biographical name (2)

Definition of Walker (Entry 3 of 4)

John E(rnest) 1941–     British biochemist


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Definition of Walker (Entry 4 of 4)

William 1824–1860 American filibuster

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Synonyms for walker

Synonyms: Noun

ambler, hiker, perambulator, rambler, tramper

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Examples of walker in a Sentence


She joined a group of walkers in the neighborhood. I began to lose weight after I gave up my sedentary lifestyle and became a daily walker.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Maya practices taking steps with the aid of a walker. Washington Post, "Syrian girl born without legs gets new prosthetics in Turkey," 8 July 2018 He was seen multiple times by jail medical staff and given a walker, according to court documents. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "King County to pay former jail inmate $1M for spinal-cord injury untreated for 10 days," 6 Oct. 2018 The patients walk only with assistance — holding onto a rolling walker or with other help to keep their balance. Fox News, "Paralyzed patients take first steps after implant, intense rehab," 25 Sep. 2018 This year's event featured future vaporware like a giant combat walker robot and other concepts far off into the future, such as chameleon camouflage. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Russia's New Silent Sniper Rifle," 29 Aug. 2018 She is considered quadriplegic but has the ability to walk with a walker and can eat on her own with assistance. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Buddy Ball Baseball League a field of dreams for kids with disabilities," 21 June 2018 In Ottumwa, Iowa, an elderly woman with a walker hobbled across a parking lot and offered to help. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "He’s made it his mission to post American flags at military funerals. Now he has a new mission: Fighting cancer," 28 May 2018 For the past two years, Sarah Benoit has been getting around with the help of a walker, waiting for a medicine that’s out of reach. Ed Silverman, STAT, "ALS patients losing time and hope as they wait for insurers to cover a pricey new drug," 21 May 2018 Getting Isabella up out of bed, into a soft purple gown, to the bathroom and then to stand with a walker takes her mom, a nurse, a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Badly burned girl hopes to meet Taylor Swift after taking strength in her music," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of walker


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of walker was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of walker

: someone who walks especially for exercise
: someone who walks in a specified way
: a frame that is designed to support someone (such as a baby or an injured or elderly person) who needs help walking


walk·​er | \ ˈwȯ-kər \

Medical Definition of walker

: a framework designed to support an infant learning to walk or an infirm or physically disabled person

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a servile follower or underling

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