way·​side ˈwā-ˌsīd How to pronounce wayside (audio)
: the side of or land adjacent to a road or path
wayside adjective
by the wayside
: out of consideration : into a condition of neglect or disuse
usually used with fall

Example Sentences

Flowers grew along the wayside.
Recent Examples on the Web But many of those — widespread masking, physical distancing and avoiding crowds — have gone by the wayside as pandemic conditions have improved. Luke Moneystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 But once the 115 minutes get underway, any regrets about Side 2 openers left unplayed immediately go by the wayside. Chris Willman, Variety, 18 Nov. 2022 The early 21st century seemed chock-a-block with one giant accounting scandal after another: Aside from Enron, companies like Adelphia, Tyco, and Global Crossing all fell by the wayside. Joel Mathis, The Week, 15 Nov. 2022 Over the past several years, Greek yogurt has gained all the attention while poor cottage cheese has fallen by the wayside. Matthew Kadey, Men's Health, 14 Nov. 2022 Without regular access to a shower, a bath, a sink, or even basic toiletries, hygiene can easily fall by the wayside. cleveland, 11 Nov. 2022 Addressing these five key tech challenges will distinguish the companies that survive - and thrive - from those that fall by the wayside. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 And, aside from saluting last year’s offerings, include clips of upcoming films to stimulate moviegoing (another concept that has fallen by the wayside). Tim Gray, Variety, 6 Nov. 2022 The women’s wheelchair course record also went by the wayside. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wayside was in the 15th century

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“Wayside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wayside. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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way·​side ˈwā-ˌsīd How to pronounce wayside (audio)
: the side or border of a road or path
wayside adjective

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