walk·​er | \ˈwȯ-kər \

Definition of walker 

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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


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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

His neighbors sit in the back with their walkers and collapsible grocery carts. City Bureau, Chicago Reader, "These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side," 12 July 2018 The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that the number of walkers killed on roads hit a 32-year high in 2016 - a 27 percent increase since 2007 — even though all other types of traffic deaths decreased by 14 percent. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Traffic engineers struggle to curb pedestrian deaths," 19 June 2018 A decade ago, Mecklenburg County parks officials set an ambitious goal meant to satisfy the county's legions of walkers and bikers: 129 miles of greenway trails to be built by 2018. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Mecklenburg wanted to build 129 miles of greenways by 2018. It hasn't even come close.," 1 June 2018 One was for complete streets, a recognition of policies that take into account the needs of walkers, cyclists, drivers, and those on public transit. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "About that study that showed how unfit we are ... Here are a few reasons why.," 22 May 2018 For the Obliteride event, which is on Aug. 11, organizers are expecting a large crowd of walkers and bikers to show up, marking the annual fundraiser’s sixth year. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Seattle skyline to glow orange next week for Fred Hutch’s efforts to battle cancer," 4 May 2018 Hundreds of walkers took to the Tarkington High School track Friday to help in the fight against cancer at the North Liberty County Relay for Life. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Relay for Life raises $61K for cancer research," 23 Apr. 2018 Many of the walkers will be wearing bright orange T-shirts emblazoned with #ichoosekind on the front. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville moms spreading kindness one neighborhood at a time," 19 Apr. 2018 In April 1972, aboard Apollo 16, Young became the ninth member of the exclusive club of moon walkers. Fortune, "Astronaut John Young, One of Only 12 to Walk on Moon, Dies at 87," 6 Jan. 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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