- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɔkɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɔːkə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (Canada, cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈwɑkɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɔːkə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: walk‧er
- Homophone: waulker
walker (plural walkers)
- The agent noun of to walk: a person who walks or a thing which walks, especially a pedestrian or a participant in a walking race.
- 1815 December (indicated as 1816), [Jane Austen], chapter VIII, in Emma: […], volume I, London: […] [Charles Roworth and James Moyes] for John Murray, OCLC 1708336, page 118:
- I would ask for the pleasure of your company, Mr. Knightley, but I am a very slow walker, and my pace would be tedious to you; and, besides, you have another long walk before you, to Donwell Abbey.
- 2005, Carlo De Vito, 10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me: Life Lessons from a Man's Best Friend, page 88:
- We hired a walker for the dogs during the day.
- A walking frame.
- (often in the plural) A shoe designed for comfortable walking. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- A zombie.
- A male escort who accompanies a woman to an event.
- 1980 December 29, New York, volume 14, number 1, page 26:
- He's really just a 'walker' for old ladies!" Walkers, now, are a special breed of pilot fish — entertaining male escorts.
- 1981, Spare rib: Volumes 108-119:
- Women at the top — Lady Di and Nancy Reagan in particular — apparently have 'walkers' — men to escort them on public and private occasions providing a respectable cover, while the male who is their sexual partner is off on more pressing business.
- 1984, Clemens David Heymann, Poor little rich girl: the life and legend of Barbara Hutton:
- In the vernacular of the trade, he was what is commonly known as "a walker" — an entertaining male escort who is usually sexually unthreatening […]
- 2007, The Walker (film about a male escort)
- A gressorial bird.(Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (law) A forester.
- (science fiction) A kind of military robot or mecha with legs for locomotion.
- 2011, Dave Wolverton, The Courtship of Princess Leia: Star Wars Legends, page 144:
- Two of the walkers circled the pillars. Their searchlights played through the trees, then turned back to Leia and the others.
- 2019, Joe Meno, BrickJournal #60, page 37:
- It also takes a good amount of inspiration from Metal Gear Solid 4's biomechanical designs, namely the Gekko walkers and their synthetic musculature.
- (cricket) A batsman or batswoman who directly walks off the field when out without waiting for the umpire's decision.
The meaning 'zombie' is used especially in reference to The Walking Dead; in that series, the term 'walker' is usually used, rather than 'zombie'.
walker (plural walkers)
- (now rare) Synonym of .
walker m (genitive singular walker, plural walkeryn)