walk·​er | \ ˈwȯ-kər How to pronounce walker (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Walker (audio) \

Definition of Walker (Entry 2 of 4)

Alice Malsenior 1944–     American writer


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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

The plan will offer some relief to walkers and bikers with wider sidewalks, bike lanes, bulb-outs and plazas, as well as the renovation of 11 alleyways. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "City ready to raise height limits, allowing more housing units near Market and Van Ness," 3 Sep. 2019 During the ceremonial replanting July 2, Ricketts sat on her rolling walker and watched as Carroll and her Institute for Justice attorney planted jalapenos, green bell peppers and other edibles that once would have violated local ordinances. Washington Post, "Woman who sued for front-yard veggie gardens dies in Florida," 27 Aug. 2019 Making her long treks with her walker a bit easier. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "U.S. Airman spotted helping elderly woman with walker get home – but his good deed did not end there," 9 Aug. 2019 Among the best is the scene of the little old ladies dancing with their walkers. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Moonlight’s ‘The Producers’ is intentionally-offensive comedy," 19 June 2019 Runners and walkers of all fitness levels are encouraged to participate, and strollers are welcome, organizers said. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Easter Egg Hunt planned at Mooseheart," 10 Mar. 2018 Denver’s Race for the Cure, which annually attracted 54-65,000 runners and walkers over a six-year period a decade ago, will be replaced this year by a new event organizers are calling the More Than Pink Walk. John Meyer, The Know, "Denver’s Race for the Cure rebrands as number of walkers drops from 65K to 10K," 29 July 2019 Runners and walkers also paced themselves in the heat. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cream puffs a perfect reward for running a hot and sticky 5K at State Fair Park," 18 July 2019 The family-friendly two-mile run returns this year allowing runners and walkers a chance to compete on the bike course itself. David Peterson/share, Cincinnati.com, "Annual Madeira Bike Race celebrates a decade of racing," 25 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce walker (audio) \

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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