walk·​er ˈwȯ-kər How to pronounce walker (audio)
: one that walks: such as
: a competitor in a walking race
: a peddler going on foot
: a temporary male escort of socially prominent women attending usually public events
: something used in walking: such as
: a framework designed to support a baby learning to walk or an infirm or physically disabled person
: a walking shoe

Example Sentences

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 Neumann, who turned 100 last September, now lives in a nursing home and uses a walker to get around. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2023 Ultimately, stiff-person syndrome can affect the ability to walk, increasing the risk of falls and the need for assistance with a cane, walker or wheelchair. Bhavana Patel, The Conversation, 21 Dec. 2022 This allows a wheelchair or walker safely into the shower so that elders can bathe alone for longer. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2022 Jackson is disabled and sometimes relies on a cane and a walker to move around. Stephanie Casanova, chicagotribune.com, 25 Nov. 2021 There are many reasons people may require additional time, the DOJ argues, including needing to break down a wheelchair or walker before entering the car. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 This week's question: A 68-year-old man who uses a walker allegedly robbed a bank in Fresno, California, and was caught two blocks away. The Week Staff, The Week, 2 Dec. 2022 Josie uses a walker and attended a public school while Teresa attended a special needs school. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2022 Milagros Ortiz, 69, who has a heart condition and uses a walker, said on Wednesday morning that the elevators at Union Square were frequently out of service, limiting her travel. New York Times, 22 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Walker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walker. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


walk·​er ˈwȯ-kər How to pronounce walker (audio)
: one that walks
: something used in walking
especially : a framework that supports a baby learning to walk or an infirm or disabled person

Medical Definition


walk·​er ˈwȯ-kər How to pronounce walker (audio)
: a framework designed to support an infant learning to walk or an infirm or physically disabled person

Biographical Definition

Walker 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Walk·​er ˈwȯ-kər How to pronounce Walker (audio)
Alice Malsenior 1944–     American writer


2 of 3

biographical name (2)

John E(rnest) 1941–     British biochemist


3 of 3

biographical name (3)

William 1824–1860 American filibuster

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