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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Other Words from wayside

wayside adjective

Examples of wayside in a Sentence

Flowers grew along the wayside.
Recent Examples on the Web Rage-y rap-rock like Limp Bizkit began to fall by the wayside (though that may have just been musical Darwinism). Angela Watercutter, Wired, 10 Sep. 2021 His request held through the Summer Games, where five Afghan athletes competed without fanfare, but fell by the wayside shortly after. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 This is a neat bit of magical thinking—the rapid collapse of the Afghan government was baked into the cake; preordained in extensive reporting that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 Part of the reason vert has fallen by the wayside is lack of accessibility—there just aren’t that many vert ramps around the world. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Physical fitness and schoolwork fall by the wayside. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021 Technically both players are on the same team, but the gameplay’s frantic pace means cooperation and communication often fall by the wayside, representatives from Nintendo Treehouse explained during the demo. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Like testing, contact tracing seems to have fallen by the wayside. NBC News, 16 Aug. 2021 In June, all-time record temperatures fell by the wayside as cities like Seattle soared to 108 degrees, while Portland baked under an oppressive and unprecedented 116 degrees. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of wayside

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wayside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wayside. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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