Cock-o'-the-walk came to the door and held his head as if he were listening.
"I'm Cock-o'-the-walk," said the Cock to a rusty ass's shoe.
Cock-o'-the-walk used to come into the Forge at night and sleep on the bellows.
"I mind you well enough when I hear you crow, my little cock-o'-the-walk," he said.
And he scowled and marched up and down before the stolid Dutchman like a fierce cock-o'-the-walk.
Say, Mister Cock-o'-the-walk—where do you hide all that muscle?
Old English wealcan "to toss, roll," and wealcian "to roll up, curl, muffle up," from Proto-Germanic *welk- (cf. Old Norse valka "to drag about," Danish valke "to full," Middle Dutch walken "to knead, press, full," Old High German walchan "to knead," German walken "to full"), perhaps ultimately from PIE root *wel- "to turn, bend, twist, roll" (see volvox).
Meaning shifted in early Middle English, perhaps from colloquial use of the Old English word. "Rarely is there so specific a word as NE walk, clearly distinguished from both go and run" [Buck]. Meaning "to go away" is recorded from mid-15c. Transitive meaning "to exercise a dog (or horse)" is from late 15c. The surname Walker probably preserves the cloth-fulling sense. Related: Walked; walking.
late 14c., "act of walking" (see walk (v.)). The noun meaning "broad path in a garden" is from 1530s; walk of life is from 1752. Sports sense of "base on balls" is recorded from 1905. To win in a walk (1854) is from horse racing.
race walking n.
The sport of walking for speed, the rules of which require the racer to maintain continual foot contact with the ground and to keep the supporting leg straight at the knee when that leg is directly below the body. Also called PowerWalking.
v. walked, walk·ing, walks
To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run. n.
The gait of a human in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
The characteristic way in which one walks.
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