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[sahyd-wawk] /ˈsaɪdˌwɔk/
a walk, especially a paved one, at the side of a street or road.
Origin of sidewalk
1660-70; side1 + walk Unabridged
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  • At the door he had to push his way through a wriggling, impish mass of small boys who blocked the steps and the sidewalk.

  • The ticket speculators were yelling their wares on the sidewalk.

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  • Where a residence stood back from the sidewalk coal had often to be carried from the motor truck in baskets.

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  • Rollo met the policeman walking towards him on the sidewalk.

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  • There was a passage, he remembered, leading back between two buildings, which projected to the sidewalk.

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British Dictionary definitions for sidewalk


(US & Canadian) a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) pavement
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Word Origin and History for sidewalk

"path for pedestrians on the side of a street," 1739, from side (adj.) + walk (n.). The use of sidewalk for pavement as one of the characteristic differences between American and British English has been noted since at least 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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