walk·​over ˈwȯk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce walkover (audio)
: a one-sided contest : an easy or uncontested victory
: a horse race with only one starter

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web John Isner, meanwhile, withdrew because of a wrist injury, sending No. 28 seed Holger Rune into the third round with a walkover. Brian Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2022 One of the more puzzling aspects of Russia’s miscalculation is that the FSB had received information suggesting that war with Ukraine would not be a walkover. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 Kyrgios got a walkover to the final after Rafael Nadal withdrew due to a torn abdominal muscle. Editors, USA TODAY, 9 July 2022 Kyrgios advanced to the final via walkover after Rafael Nadal couldn’t compete due to an abdominal injury. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 10 July 2022 The Fifth Service provided intelligence on Ukraine in the buildup to the war that led Putin to conclude the invasion of Ukraine would be a walkover, Soldatov said. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Andy Murray, but advanced in a walkover because Murray dealt with a bout of food poisoning. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 5 May 2022 So this week’s trip to face the Buckeyes should be a walkover, right? Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 The Tigers go from a 60-10 walkover over Akron to a game with the Hornets to a road game against No. 11 Penn State. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of walkover was in 1829

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“Walkover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walkover. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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