from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move over a surface by taking steps with the feet at a pace slower than a run.
  • intransitive verb To go or travel on foot.
  • intransitive verb To go on foot for pleasure or exercise; stroll.
  • intransitive verb To move in a manner suggestive of walking.
  • intransitive verb To conduct oneself or behave in a particular manner; live.
  • intransitive verb To appear as a supernatural being.
  • intransitive verb To go out on strike.
  • intransitive verb To resign from one's job abruptly; quit.
  • intransitive verb To be acquitted.
  • intransitive verb Baseball To go to first base after the pitcher has thrown four pitches ruled as balls.
  • intransitive verb Basketball To move illegally while holding the ball; travel.
  • intransitive verb Obsolete To be in constant motion.
  • intransitive verb To go or pass over, on, or through by walking.
  • intransitive verb To bring to a specified condition by walking.
  • intransitive verb To cause to walk or proceed at a walk.
  • intransitive verb To accompany in walking; escort on foot.
  • intransitive verb To traverse on foot in order to survey or measure; pace off.
  • intransitive verb To move (a heavy or cumbersome object) in a manner suggestive of walking.
  • intransitive verb To allow (a batter) to go to first base by throwing four pitches ruled as balls.
  • intransitive verb To cause (a run) to score by walking a batter. Often used with in.
  • noun The gait of a human or other biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one part of a foot always on the ground.
  • noun The gait of a quadruped in which at least two feet are always touching the ground, especially the gait of a horse in which the feet touch the ground in the four-beat sequence of near hind foot, near forefoot, off hind foot, off forefoot.
  • noun The self-controlled extravehicular movement in space of an astronaut.
  • noun The act or an instance of walking, especially a stroll for pleasure or exercise.
  • noun The rate at which one walks; a walking pace.
  • noun The characteristic way in which one walks.
  • noun The distance covered or to be covered in walking.
  • noun A place, such as a sidewalk or promenade, on which one may walk.
  • noun A route or circuit particularly suitable for walking.
  • noun Baseball A base on balls.
  • noun Basketball The act or an instance of moving illegally with the ball; traveling.
  • noun A track event in which contestants compete in walking a specified distance.
  • noun Racewalking.
  • noun An enclosed area designated for the exercise or pasture of livestock.
  • noun An arrangement of trees or shrubs planted in widely spaced rows.
  • noun The space between such rows.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English walken, from Old English wealcan, to roll.

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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 *walkanan, *walkōnan (“to twist, turn, roll about, full”), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- (“to twist, turn, move”). Cognate with Scots walk ("to walk"), 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"). More at vagrant.


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