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

Among the trailer's highlights: Cal, climbing aboard and commandeering an Imperial walker and destroying an enemy aircraft, and his battle with a powerful Purge Trooper, an enemy that makes its first appearance in Star Wars comic books. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "E3 2019: In 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,' video game you become a Jedi Knight," 9 June 2019 At Waveny Park in New Canaan, where police have conducted numerous searches, there were only dog walkers and runners on Friday. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Michelle Troconis returns with police to Farmington home two weeks into search for Jennifer Farber Dulos," 7 June 2019 Most of that money went to pay block walkers and other workers. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "Outside groups spend more than $500k on San Antonio’s municipal runoffs," 6 June 2019 Along with allowing pets in their offices, Trupanion also provides on-site dog walkers and vet services. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Want to Bring Your Dog to Work? These Are America's Most Pet-Friendly Companies of 2019," 6 June 2019 There will be games, activities, giant bouncing inflatables, free face painting, stilt walkers and food. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you need to know about Fourth of July in Milwaukee and the suburbs," 6 June 2018 Coyotes have been known to advance on, growl at or surround dog walkers and their pets, a pattern of aggression that is natural for the wild canines during pupping season, which begins in the spring and continues through the summer. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coyote alert: SF is home to seven new pups in the Presidio," 4 June 2018 That made standing or walking without the use of a walker or canes nearly impossible for Maya. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "This Video of a 4-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Walking on Her Own for the First Time Will Make Your Day," 6 July 2018 Rent the Runway kicked off the launch of their kids’ service with a carnival-themed party, complete with stilt walkers, a dance floor, face painting, and Mommy-and-me jean jacket embroidery station. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Rent the Runway Kids Is Launching Next Week, and Your Daughters' Clothes Just Got 100% Cooler," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of walker


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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