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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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  • They began to walk along a narrow brick sidewalk between the cracks of which tall weeds grew.
  • In the street below feet tramped up and down upon a board sidewalk.
  • But no matter how large or formal a luncheon may be, there is rarely a chauffeur on the sidewalk, or a carpet or an awning.
  • Concrete planters are placed along the sidewalk, with a firepit and raised patio inside.
  • From sidewalk musicians to public art sculptures, the arts are an indelible part of the city's soul.
  • Pressed by the advancing blaze, workers began leaping and tumbling to their deaths on the sidewalk.
  • Long lines of visitors eager to purchase tickets stretched far along the sidewalk outside the museum.
  • In my neighborhood, some of the street lamps aim their light directly down on the sidewalk and road.
  • They probably never got out of a cold pool to warm up on a hot sidewalk.
  • Maybe we'll stand on the sidewalk outside your office and say something scandalous.
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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