way·​side | \ ˈwā-ˌsīd How to pronounce wayside (audio) \

Definition of wayside

: the side of or land adjacent to a road or path
by the wayside
: out of consideration : into a condition of neglect or disuse usually used with fall

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wayside adjective

Examples of wayside in a Sentence

Flowers grew along the wayside.

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Scott also could have been floating a trial balloon and the whole idea might go with the wayside. oregonlive.com, "Oregon linebacker Troy Dye: 9 a.m. games would be ‘crazy mess’," 4 Aug. 2019 Instead of being another tale of a community institution going by the wayside, the cooperative provides a glimmer of hope for locals concerned about quality-of-life issues in the Bay Area, with its dog-eat-dog real estate market. Tilde Herrera, SFChronicle.com, "How dedicated dog lovers saved their canine day care in Oakland," 21 June 2019 Yet the Democratic Party has often pushed issues like maternal mortality, which disproportionately affect women of color, to the wayside. Anna North, Vox, "Democrats need to win women in 2020. The debate showed the candidates know that.," 27 June 2019 Blockers’ that everything else fell to the wayside. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Olivia Wilde, Storm Reid and more toast Face of the Future honoree Elizabeth Debicki," 12 June 2019 On Monday, this threat fell to the wayside as the House Judiciary Committee struck a deal with the Department of Justice, ensuring committee members will see at least some evidence from the Mueller report. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Who Is Don McGahn? Former White House Counsel Is Embroiled in Trump Investigation," 11 June 2019 At the end of the day, what makes him so refreshing is his joie de vivre: Miller tosses gender confines to the wayside, stepping out in looks that are provocative, glamorous, and just plain ol’ fun. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ezra Miller Makes the Case for Lipstick on Men," 27 Feb. 2019 Her dedicated yoga practice fell to the wayside as classes overlapped with evening work events and the combination of extensive driving and large meals started to take a toll. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Fitness Plan for Serious Schmoozers," 16 Feb. 2019 Everything else kind of, not falls to the wayside, but is secondary to me. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sasha Sloan Proves There’s Power in Owning Your Insecurities," 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of wayside

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wayside

: the land next to a road or path


way·​side | \ ˈwā-ˌsīd How to pronounce wayside (audio) \

Kids Definition of wayside

: the edge of a road
by the wayside
: into a condition of neglect or disuse … stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside— Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

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not constant or steady

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