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

Examples of walkover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first stakes race, the Knicks Go, is at 12:04 p.m. At 6:16 p.m. the walkover for the derby horses from the barns to paddock starts. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 The first woman to reach the quarters was No. 9 Maria Sakkari of Greece, who advanced because of a walkover from No. 25 Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, who withdrew with a thigh injury. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 Jansen took a walkover against Devidze to get her first singles medal since July. Todd Boss, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 But the Steelers still would have proved to be a more favorable matchup than the upstart Houston Texans, who have come a long way since Baltimore's Week 1 walkover in C.J. Stroud's first professional game. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Luxembourg, for example, traditionally one of Europe’s great walkovers, finished third in its qualifying group this time around. Rory Smith, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Pinellas County closed off 14 of 28 beach access walkovers in Indian Rocks Beach alone. Rebecca Blackwell and Laura Bargfeld, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2023 Washington Commanders The case for: Washington was the only fourth-place finisher that did not have a losing record last season (8-8-1), and this isn't a team that lends itself to any walkovers. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 21 June 2023 Point spread Chance of winning (1 walkover to 5 significant upset scale): 3 The Beavers are favored on the road for a reason. Ndaschel, oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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