walk

walk

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: wôk, IPA(key): /wɔːk/
  • (US) enPR: wôk, IPA(key): /wɔk/
  • (cotcaught merger) enPR: wäk, IPA(key): /wɑk/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːk
  • Homophone: wok (in some US dialects)

Etymology 1

From Middle English walken (to move, roll, turn, revolve, toss), from Old English wealcan (to move round, revolve, roll, turn, toss), ġewealcan (to go, traverse); and Middle English walkien (to roll, stamp, walk, wallow), from Old English wealcian (to curl, roll up); both from Proto-Germanic *walkaną, *walkōną (to twist, turn, roll about, full), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- (to twist, turn, move). Cognate with Scots walk (to walk), Saterland Frisian walkje (to full; drum; flex; mill), West Frisian swalkje (to wander, roam), Dutch walken (to full, work hair or felt), Dutch zwalken (to wander about), German walken (to flex, full, mill, drum), Danish valke (to waulk, full), Latin valgus (bandy-legged, bow-legged), Sanskrit वल्गति (valgati, amble, bound, leap, dance). More at vagrant.

Verb

walk (third-person singular simple present walks, present participle walking, simple past and past participle walked)

  1. (intransitive) To move on the feet by alternately setting each foot (or pair or group of feet, in the case of animals with four or more feet) forward, with at least one foot on the ground at all times. Compare run.
  2. (intransitive, colloquial, law) To "walk free", i.e. to win, or avoid, a criminal court case, particularly when actually guilty.
  3. (intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) Of an object, to go missing or be stolen.
  4. (intransitive, cricket, of a batsman) To walk off the field, as if given out, after the fielding side appeals and before the umpire has ruled; done as a matter of sportsmanship when the batsman believes he is out.
  5. (transitive) To travel (a distance) by walking.
  6. (transitive) To take for a walk or accompany on a walk.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      I will rather trust [] a thief to walk my ambling gelding.
  7. (transitive, baseball) To allow a batter to reach base by pitching four balls.
  8. (transitive) To move something by shifting between two positions, as if it were walking.
  9. (transitive) To full; to beat cloth to give it the consistency of felt.
  10. (transitive) To traverse by walking (or analogous gradual movement).
  11. (transitive, aviation) To operate the left and right throttles of (an aircraft) in alternation.
    • 1950, Flying Magazine (volume 46, number 3, page 18)
      Still keeping his tail in the air, Red coaxed the “Airknocker” ahead and as we grasped his struts he slowly retarded the throttle. We walked the plane between two tiedown blocks and not until we had tied the struts did Red cut the switch.
  12. (intransitive, colloquial) To leave, resign.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Edmund Spenser
      He will make their cows and garrans to walk.
  13. (transitive) To push (a vehicle) alongside oneself as one walks.
    • 1994, John Forester, Bicycle Transportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers, MIT Press, p.245:
      The county had a successful defense only because the judge kept telling the jury at every chance that the cyclist should have walked his bicycle like a pedestrian.
  14. To behave; to pursue a course of life; to conduct oneself.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jeremy Taylor
      We walk perversely with God, and he will walk crookedly toward us.
  15. To be stirring; to be abroad; to go restlessly about; said of things or persons expected to remain quiet, such as a sleeping person, or the spirit of a dead person.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Hugh Latimer
      I heard a pen walking in the chimney behind the cloth.
  16. (obsolete) To be in motion; to act; to move.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Edmund Spenser
      Her tongue did walk in foul reproach.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      I have heard, but not believed, the spirits of the dead / May walk again.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Ben Jonson
      Do you think I'd walk in any plot?
  17. (transitive, historical) To put, keep, or train (a puppy) in a walk, or training area for dogfighting.
  18. (transitive, informal, hotel) To move a guest to another hotel if their confirmed reservation is not available on day of check-in.
Conjugation
Synonyms
  • (move upon two feet): - See also Thesaurus:walk
  • (colloquial: go free): be acquitted, get off, go free
  • (be stolen): be/get stolen; (British) be/get nicked, be/get pinched
  • (beat cloth): full, waulk (obsolete)
Antonyms
  • run
Hyponyms
Derived terms
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Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English walk, walke, walc, from Old English *wealc (as in Old English wealcspinl) and ġewealc (a rolling motion, attack), from Proto-Germanic *walką. Cognate with Icelandic válk (a rolling around, a tossing to and fro, trouble, distress).

Noun

walk (plural walks)

  1. A trip made by walking.
    I take a walk every morning
  2. A distance walked.
    It’s a long walk from my house to the library
  3. (sports) An Olympic Games track event requiring that the heel of the leading foot touch the ground before the toe of the trailing foot leaves the ground.
  4. A manner of walking; a person's style of walking.
    The Ministry of Silly Walks is underfunded this year
  5. A path, sidewalk/pavement or other maintained place on which to walk. Compare trail.
  6. (poker) A situation where all players fold to the big blind, as their first action (instead of calling or raising), once they get their cards.
  7. (baseball) An award of first base to a batter following four balls being thrown by the pitcher; known in the rules as a "base on balls".
    The pitcher now has two walks in this inning alone
  8. In coffee, coconut, and other plantations, the space between them.
  9. (Caribbean, Guyana, Belize) An area of an estate planted with fruit-bearing trees.
    • 1755, William Belgrove, A Treatise upon Husbandry or Planting, Boston, p. 14,[2]
      Twenty Acres of Land well kept in a Plantain Walk, will afford a very considerable Support, as Plantains are as hearty a Food as Eddoes, and the Plantain Walk may be a Nursery for declining Slaves, as well as to fatten old Cattle when they are past Labour.
    • 1803, Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons, London: Longman and Rees, Volume 1, Letter 4, p. 80,[3]
      For half a mile from Vaughansfield the road, now a mere track, leads through pastures and a coffee-walk to the foot of a very steep hill []
    • 1961, Wilson Harris, The Far Journey of Oudin, Book 2, Chapter 6, in The Guyana Quartet, London: Faber and Faber, 1985, p. 150,[4]
      One day he knew he would build this identical palace for himself. Not next to the road like now—where the present cottage was—but half a mile inside the coconut walk.
    • 1995, Olive Senior, “Window” in Discerner of Hearts, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, p. 66,[5]
      He couldn’t sleep and took to walking outside at night, to look at the stars, to feel the cool air, and for a long time wasn’t even conscious that he always ended up standing in the darkness of the cocoa walk staring at the shutters of Bridget’s room.
  10. (historical) A place for keeping and training puppies for dogfighting.
  11. (historical) An enclosed area in which a gamecock is confined to prepare him for fighting.
  12. (graph theory) A sequence of alternating vertices and edges, where each edge's endpoints are the preceding and following vertices in the sequence.
  13. (colloquial) Something very easily accomplished; a walk in the park.
    • 1980, Robert Barr, The Coming Out Present (episode of Detective, BBC radio drama; around 16 min 20 sec)
      And for the strongroom itself, he can tell us where to find the combination of the day. We had allowed four hours, Joe, but with this help, once you get us inside, it's a walk! I've been timing it.
  14. (Britain, finance, slang, dated) A cheque drawn on a bank that was not a member of the London Clearing and whose sort code was allocated on a one-off basis; they had to be "walked" (hand-delivered by messengers).
Synonyms
  • (trip made by walking): stroll (slow walk), hike (long walk), trek (long walk)
  • (distance walked): hike (if long), trek (if long)
  • (manner of walking): gait
  • (path): footpath, path, (British) pavement, (US) sidewalk
Hyponyms
Derived terms
  • sidewalk
  • spacewalk
  • walkthrough
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Translations

References

Anagrams

  • lawk

Manx

Etymology

Borrowed from English waulk.

Verb

walk (verbal noun walkal or walkey, past participle walkit)

  1. to full (cloth), waulk, tuck

Synonyms

  • tuck
  • giallee

Derived terms

  • walker (tucker)
  • walkeyder (fuller, tucker)

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • valk
  • vakk
  • wakk

Etymology

Probably cognate with Modern English watch and wake.

Verb

walk

  1. to watch

Related terms

  • wake (a watch, vigil)
  • waken (to wake)
  • wakien (to watch, awake)
  • waknen (to be aroused from sleep)

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /valk/

Noun

walk f

  1. genitive plural of walka

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