walk·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-kiŋ How to pronounce walking (audio) \

Definition of walking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that walks
2 : the condition of a surface for one going on foot the walking is slippery



Definition of walking (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : able to walk : ambulatory the walking wounded
b : being the personification of a nonhuman quality or thing a walking encyclopedia
2a : used for or in walking walking shoes
b : characterized by or consisting of the action of walking a walking tour
3 : that moves or appears to move in a manner suggestive of walking especially : that swings or rocks back and forth walking beam
4 : guided or operated by a person on foot a walking plow

Examples of walking in a Sentence

Noun She goes walking every day in the park. Adjective a good pair of walking shoes They were going at a walking pace. She is a walking disaster.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This urban strategy is being sold as a win for the economy as well as the environment — in theory, encouraging hundreds of thousands of residents in coming decades to swap fossil-fuel-burning car trips for walking, biking and riding transit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Will San Diego step on the gas with its green growth plan?," 26 Feb. 2021 Sturdy, yet lightweight, the aluminum frames and polyethylene decking make for easy walking, and the dual ratchet bindings and heel straps with quick release buckles make for simple adjusting. Outdoor Life, "Best Snowshoes: Backcountry Gear for Any Level," 19 Feb. 2021 The track may be used year-round for walking, biking, jogging, roller-blading or cross-country skiing. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "West Shore communities offer lots of winter fun," 16 Feb. 2021 The mayor, under pressure from transportation and open space advocates, has designated 83 miles of streets for walking, biking and dining. Nate Schweber, New York Times, "The Setups for Outdoor Winter Dining Are Lavish. But Are They Safe?," 9 Nov. 2020 In cities and suburbs all over the United States, the usually robust demand for dog walking dropped dramatically during the pandemic. Washington Post, "Dog walkers are returning to work, and it’s been a joyous — but cautious — reunion," 6 Nov. 2020 The plan calls for building a mix of housing options across the city, increase access to healthcare and healthy food options, make neighborhoods more accessible for walking, biking and using public transit. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Peoria voters could shape the future of the city's development with Proposition 445," 21 Oct. 2020 In addition to emergency transit funding, Congress should increase long-term funding for walking, cycling and transit as part of a new transportation bill currently being negotiated. Ashwat Narayanan And Ron Burke, Star Tribune, "Car-centered streetscape is a driver of disparities," 24 Sep. 2020 There’s a cushioned footbed for comfortable walking, and the warm chestnut suede upper is great for pairing with jeans and a sweater. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Tons of Ugg styles are on sale at Nordstrom Rack," 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The property is also within short walking distance of some recognizable hot spots: the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. Adam Lapetina, Travel + Leisure, "10 Affordable and Stylish Hotels in Los Angeles," 16 May 2020 These people are all within walking distance of one another in Rhinebeck. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Same Apple Family, New Kind of Theater," 30 Apr. 2020 On smoother surfaces like stones and leaves, the ants traveled at about 15 inches per second — about 80 times faster than their average walking speed. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "These Ants Have a Revolutionary Escape Strategy," 13 Mar. 2020 The ranking cites Montrose's offbeat award-winning restaurants and bars that offer a look into different world cultures all within walking distance of the neighborhood as the main reason for its No. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Montrose Boulevard ranked among 'World's Most Delicious Streets' with the best restaurants," 4 Dec. 2019 An adjoining shopping center followed in 2018, with a Publix and shops and restaurants, including Cooper’s Hawk Winery and BurgerFi, all within walking distance of the new townhouses and apartments. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Thousands of new homes are helping change the face of Pembroke Pines," 17 Oct. 2019 Germantown resident Jan Miller agreed that the village should be a real friendly walking place with shops, restaurants and a great sidewalk in five years. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how the proposed Gehl Foods expansion in Germantown could shape the village," 2 Oct. 2019 The hospital workers, patients and visitors also will benefit from nearby housing, food and other amenities that will include a walking path, outdoor events and perhaps a farmer’s market. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Big retail, office development begins adjacent to new University of Maryland hospital in Prince George’s," 14 Aug. 2019 And three of the homes, all within walking distance of each other on Fairwood Avenue, will be featured in a Preservation Action Council tour on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Eichler neighborhood in San Jose added to historic register," 14 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'walking.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of walking


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about walking

Time Traveler for walking

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for walking

Last Updated

6 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Walking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for walking



English Language Learners Definition of walking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the activity of walking for exercise



English Language Learners Definition of walking (Entry 2 of 2)

: suitable for walking
: capable of being easily walked
humorous : in human form


walk·​ing | \ ˈwȯ-kiŋ How to pronounce walking (audio) \

Medical Definition of walking

: able to walk : ambulatory

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on walking

What made you want to look up walking? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!