wayside

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noun way·side \ ˈwā-ˌsīd \

Definition of wayside

: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

Examples of wayside in a Sentence

  1. Flowers grew along the wayside.

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First Known Use of wayside

15th century


WAYSIDE Defined for English Language Learners

wayside

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Definition of wayside for English Language Learners

  • : the land next to a road or path


WAYSIDE Defined for Kids

wayside

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noun way·side \ ˈwā-ˌsīd \

Definition of wayside for Students

: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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