Dictionary: WAL – WALK


• WAL
n. 1. death, slaughter …c900 poetic usage, obs.
n. 2. a policeman …1940s Aust. sl.

• WALA
n. someone concerned with or in charge of a usually specified thing, business, etc., as an ‘ambulance wallah’ …1785 orig. Anglo-Indian

• WALAWA!
int. alas, alack, welladay! …1721 Sc.

• WALAWAY
int. an exclamation of sorrow …1724 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 1. a lamentation …1822 Sc.
n. 2. an object of contempt or pity …1827 Sc. obs.
n. 3. a name for the devil …Bk1905 Sc.

• WALD
n. command, control …1908 Sc.
vb. to manage, handle, manipulate a weapon; to brandish, to aim …1790 Sc.

• WALDEND
n. a ruler, a governor …c888 obs.

• WALDENEIE
n. an alleged name of the hare …a1300 obs. rare

• WALDER
n. a  poor householder …1721 Sc. obs.

• WALDIN
adj. 1. easy to manage …c1425 Sc. obs.
adj. 2. yielding or tractable in bearing or disposition …1535 Sc. obs.
adj. 3. pliant, supple, pliable; chiefly used of the body or limbs …1536 Sc. obs.

• WALDORF-ASTORIA
n. an especially spartan solitary confinement cell …1976 US sl.

• WALE
adj. chosen; choice, select; excellent, noble, goodly …c1250 exc. Sc. & Eng. dial.
int. alas! woe is me! …c1205 obs.
n. 1. the act of choosing; choice; also, scope for choice, plurality of things to choose from …a1300 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
n. 2. that which is chosen or selected as the best; the choicest individual, kind, specimen, etc. …1513 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
n. 3. the edge or verge of a mountain …1865 Eng. dial.
n. 4. a stripe of colour …1891
n. 5. a tumour; a large swelling …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to choose, to select, to pick out, to sort …a1310 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to court, to woo …1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to mark with a blow from a whip or cane; to thrash, to flog …1856 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to rummage, to search about in, to grope through …1869 Sc.
vb. 5. to hurry away; to be quick over anything …1867 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to drive away; to cast out with violence or exertion …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 7. to turn a garment …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WALED
adj. 1. striped …c1050 obs.
adj. 2. chosen, selected, picked …c1400 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.

• WALED-WIGHT
adj. chosen; strongest; bravest and best …1802 Sc.

• WALE FOR
vb. to look out for …1898 Sc.

• WALE ONE’S FEET
vb. to pick one’s way, to step forward with caution …1857 Sc.

• WALE ONE’S STEPS
vb. to pick one’s way, to step forward with caution …1824 Sc.

• WALER
n. 1. a horse imported from Australia, esp. from New South Wales …1849 Anglo-Indian
n. 2. orig. a tramp whose route followed the course of a river; a tramp, a vagrant …1878 Aust.
n. 3. a native of New South Wales …L19 Aust. sl.
n. 4. anything very large of its kind; a ‘whopper’ …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• WALESMAN
n. a Welshman …1591 obs.

• WALE THE GRAIN FROM THE CAFF
vb. to use judgement; to make a good bargain …1790 Sc.

• WALE THROUGH
vb. to hunt through, to investigate …1887 Sc.

• WALEY-GALEY
adj. unsteady, tottering …B1900 Eng. dial.
n. the game of seesaw …1879 Eng. dial.

• WALGAN
n. 1. an ill-fitting garment, frequently dirty …1866 Sc.
n. 2. a large, clumsy, overgrown person …1951 Sc.
vb. to go about in an idle, slovenly manner, dressing in too large, slatternly clothing …1866 Sc.

• WALIDRAG
n. a feeble, ill-grown person or animal; a worthless, slovenly person, esp. a woman …1508 Sc.

• WALING
adj. very large …1871 Eng. dial.

• WALK
n. 1. a cloud or clouds …1513 Sc. obs.
n. 2. land, or a track of land, used for the pasture of animals, esp. sheep …1549 obs.
n. 3. a plantation …1793 W. Indian
n. 4. a village fair; a village fair for hiring servants …1858 Eng. dial.
n. 5. a company of snipes …1859
n. 6. the area walked by a street prostitute …M19 sl.
n. 7. a ceremonial procession …1881 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 8. a journey …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 9. a release from a charge …1950s sl.
n. 10. a release from jail …1965 US sl.
n. 11. a release from a class …1980s US college sl.
n. 12. during the Vietnam war: a 30-day patrol in which contact with the enemy is expected …1991 US sl.
n. 13. the regular patrol route of a prison warder …1990s US prison sl.
vb. 1. to go from place to place; to journey, to wander …a1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 2. of persons: to toss about restlessly …a1100 obs.
vb. 3. to time: to pass, to elapse …c1250 obs.
vb. 4. of reports, fame, and of letters, money: to circulate, to pass from one to another …a1300 obs.
vb. 5. to busy oneself; to be active about something …a1300 obs.
vb. 6. of crime, vice, or virtue: to spread abroad …1377 obs.
vb. 7. of the waves: to roll, to toss …c1400 obs.
vb. 8. of various material things a pen, a weapon, an instrument: to move, to be in motion …a1400 obs.
vb. 9. of leaves: to come out …a1400 obs.
vb. 10. to beat, to drub a person …a1530 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 11. to take air and exercise on horseback …1541 obs.
vb. 12. of the tongue, the jaws: to move briskly …1550 obs.
vb. 13. of drink, etc.: to be handed round, pass, circulate …1555 obs.
vb. 14. to render hard and callous, as the skin of the hand by hard work …1641 Sc.
vb. 15. of a vehicle, a ship, a stream: to go very slowly …1827
vb. 16. to die …M19 sl.
vb. 17. of objects: to disappear, presumed borrowed or stolen …1898 UK sl.
vb. 18. to take an examination without using any form of cheating aid …L19 US college sl.
vb. 19. to win something easily …1903 UK sl.
vb. 20. of a shoe: to move about on the foot, because it is too large …Bk1905 Sc.
vb. 21. to patrol, to inspect something on foot …1919 Amer. dial.
vb. 22. to banish, to eject from a place …1940s US tramps’ sl.
vb. 23. to be found not guilty …1950s UK criminals’ sl.
vb. 24. to be released from prison or arrest …1950s US prison & criminals’ sl.
vb. 25. to escape legal custody as a result of being released from suspicion or from a charge …1958 US sl.
vb. 26. to go through a field or crop cutting or pulling weeds …1963 Amer. dial.
vb. 27. to leave, to walk off; to resign …1960s sl.
vb. 28. to escape unpunished …1979 US sl.
vb. 29. to move a boat sideways …1989 US sl.
vb. 30. to quit a job or commitment …1999 US sl.
0vb. 31. of a military aviator: to suit up for battle …2001 US sl.

• WALK-A-BIKE
n. a child’s scooter …1931 Sc.

• WALKABOUT
n. 1. a journey on foot taken by an Aboriginal, esp. when withdrawing from White society for a period …1910 Aust.
n. (usually as ‘walk-about’) of a woman: a busybody, a gossip …20C W. Indies

• WALK-ABOUT MONEY
n. daily expenses, petty cash rather than a large amount that needs investing or depositing …1930s sl.

• WALK A CAT BACK
vb. to trace a missile back to its launch site …1991 US Gulf war usage

• WALK A CHALK CRACK
vb. to walk along a chalked line in order to prove one’s sobriety …E19 sl.

• WALK A CHALK LINE
vb. to walk along a chalked line in order to prove one’s sobriety …E19 sl.

• WALK-A-LEG
n. of a woman: a busybody, a gossip …20C W. Indies

• WALK ALL OVER
vb. 1. to defeat someone comprehensively …M19 sl.
vb. 2. to treat someone with contempt …M19 sl.

• WALKALONE
n. a prisoner who has to exercise alone …2000s US prison sl.

• WALK A MILE IN MY MOCCASINS
vb. to experience life …L19 US sl.

• WALK AND NYAM
n. a poor White; thus a sponger of any race …E19 W. Indies sl.

• WALK A PERSON’S COAT
vb. to beat, to drub a person …a1530 obs.

• WALK-A-PICKY
n. of a woman: a busybody, a gossip …20C W. Indies

• WALK AROUND
vb. 1. to cheat …M19 US sl.
vb. 2. to defeat easily …1900s sl.

• WALK AROUND LIKE DEAD LICE ARE FALLING OFF ONE
vb. to move about slowly and without energy …1965 Amer. dial.

• WALKATHON
n. a long-distance walk organized to raise money for charity …US colloq.

• WALK AT ROVERS
vb. to have no settled abode …1518 obs.

• WALKAWAY
n. 1. a type  of theft in which the thief walks away with a suitcase in a public place, leaving behind his suitcase as an alibi if apprehended …1954 US sl.
n. 2. the final step in a confidence swindle, in which the swindlers walk away with the victim’s money …1981 US sl.

• WALK-BACK
n. an apartment at the rear of a block …1940s African-American sl.

• WALK BACK THE CAT
vb. to reconstruct events in order to understand what went wrong …1997 US sl.

• WALK BACKWARDS UP HOLBORN HILL
vb. to go to the gallows …M17 sl.

• WALKBOARDS
n. a platform outside a carnival show or attraction …1966 US sl.

• WALKBOY
n. a close male friend …1980s African-American sl.

• WALK-BUDDY
n. in prison: a close friend and steady companion …1976 US sl.

• WALK-BY
n. a shooting in which the attacker walks past the victim or the victim’s home and fires …1990s African-American gang sl.

• WALK COOL
vb. to act in an unconcerned, relaxed manner, esp. in the face of problems or menaces …1960s African-American sl.

• WALK DANDY-DUDE
vb. to kick out one’s legs when walking, the result of a deformity …1940s W. Indies sl.

• WALK-DOWN
n. 1. the capture of wild horses by keeping them moving until they become exhausted and docile …1883 Amer. West usage
n. 2. a basement apartment …1940s African-American sl.
vb. (as ‘walk down’) to capture wild horses by keeping them moving until they become exhausted and docile …1876 Amer. West usage

• WALK DOWN ONE’S BACK
vb. to take one in; to make a fool of one …1867 Eng. dial.

• WALK DOWN ONE’S THROAT
vb. to scold; to abuse; to reprimand …B1900

• WALKED
adj. thickened, rendered calloused by hard work …1786 Sc.

• WALKED OFF
adj. taken off to prison …1910s sl.

• WAL-KEMP
n. a warrior …c1205 poetic usage, obs.

• WALKER
int. an exclamation of incredulity; nonsense! humbug! rubbish! …1811
n. 1. a traveller …c1430 obs.
n. 2. a keeper or ranger who  had a specified ‘walk’ in the forest; a gamekeeper …1481-90 obs.
n. 3. an itinerant beggar, vagrant, vagabond, or tramp …1850 Eng. dial.
n. 4. a postman, a courier …M19 sl.
n. 5. a street-walker, a prostitute …M19 UK criminals’ sl.
n. 6. a stick-insect …1891
n. 7. a head foreman, a superintendent …1952 Amer. dial.
n. 8. a man, often rich, invariably personable and socially acceptable, who accompanies the wives of prominent men to parties, on shopping expeditions, to the theatre, etc. …1980s sl.
n. 9. in dominoes, in a bidding game, any domino which has not been played and is the highest in its suits …sl.
vb. to pawn …L19 sl.

• WALKER & CO.
n. a notional place used figuratively to mean a state of unemployment …20C W. Indies

• WALKER-LEG
n. of a woman: a busybody, a gossip …20C W. Indies

• WALKER ON ROPES
n. a rope-walker, a funambulist …1545 obs.

• WALKER-PICKY
n. of a woman: a busybody, a gossip …20C W. Indies

• WALKERS
n. 1. a person’s legs …c1611 obs.
n. 2. the feet …1832 sl. obs.

• WALKER’S GIG
n. Shanks’ mare, on one’s feet, by walking …1932 Sc.

• WALKER’S HACK
n. one’s own legs as a means of transportation …1918 Amer. dial.

• WALK-FOOT
n. 1. a beggar …1900s W. Indies
n. 2. a poor White …1900s W. Indies

• WALK HEAVY
vb. to impose oneself on the world, to walk about in a deliberately self-assured manner …1960s African-American sl.

• WALKIE-TALKIE
n. a prisoner who is over-friendly towards the authorities …1990s Aust. & US prison sl.

• WALK-IN
n. 1. one who gatecrashes parties …1920s US sl.
n. 2. a sexually available woman; hence, a prostitute …1960s sl.
vb. (as ‘walk in’) to win easily, usually in a sporting context …1930s sl.

• WALKING
adj. 1. of a disease: migratory …c1400 obs.
adj. 2. leading a wandering life, vagrant, strolling …1490 obs.
adj. 3. rope-walking …1730 obs.
n. passing of money from hand to hand …1549 obs.

• WALKING BILLET
n. an order to go away …1899 Eng. dial.

• WALKING BOSS
n. a head foreman, a superintendent …1868 Amer. dial.

• WALKING BUCKRA
n. 1. a beggar …E19 W. Indies
n. 2. a poor White …E19 W. Indies

• WALKING DANDRUFF
n. lice …20C US

• WALKING DICK WITH EYES
n. an insignificant male; a loser …1980s US college sl.

• WALKING DICTIONARY
n. one who has great stores of information at command; a learned person …1835

• WALKING DISTILLER
n. one who is easily annoyed, unable to take a joke …E19 sl.

• WALKING ENCYCLOPAEDIA
n. one who has great stores of information at command; a learned person …1868

• WALKING GENTLEMAN
n. 1. a man without occupation …1827 Ireland
n. 2. an actor playing a part requiring gentlemanlike appearance, but with little or nothing to say …1831 theatrical usage
n. 3. one who poses as something but lacks the expertise to back the image …L19 sl.

• WALKING HORSES
n. long wooden poles with a footpiece that children walk around on to make them tall; stilts …1966 Amer. dial.

• WALKING LIBRARY
n. one who has great stores of information at command; a learned person …1691

• WALKING-MATE
n. one’s companion in walking …1596 obs.

• WALKING-MORT
n. 1. a streetwalking prostitute …16C cant
n. 2. an unmarried female beggar, often accompanied by a child, who claimed to be widowed and begged for her and her offspring’s keep …M16 UK criminals’ sl.

• WALKING MOSES!
int. an exclamation of surprise, excitement, alarm, etc. …1910s sl.

•WALKING-NINEPIN
n. a fat person …B1900 sl.

• WALKING ON ONE’S HEELS
adj. bewildered; confused; muddled …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• WALKING ON ROUND HEELS
adj. bewildered; confused; muddled …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• WALKING ORDERS
n. a notice of dismissal …E19 sl.

• WALKING PAPERS
n. 1. dismissal from employment …1825 sl., chiefly Amer.
n. 2. an announcement that a relationship is over; divorce papers …E19 sl.
n. 3. an office notice to inform a prisoner that they have finished their sentence …1960s US prison sl.

• WALKING-PATH
n. a footpath …1791 obs.

• WALKING PINCUSHION
n. a porcupine …1968 Amer. dial.

• WALKING POULTERER
n. a rural thief who steals fowls, then hawks them from door to door …L18 sl.

• WALKING SICKNESS
n. an illness in which the person it still able to get about and is not confined to bed …1846

• WALKING STATIONER
n. a hawker of pamphlets, gallows confessions, popular songs, and similar materials …L18 sl.

• WALKING-STICK
n. a person with whom to walk out as a lover …1897 Eng. dial.

• WALKING THE LINE
adj. serving a jail sentence …1980s Aust. prison rhyming sl. for ‘do time’

• WALKING TICKET
n. 1. a notice of dismissal …M19 US sl.
n. 2. an official notice to inform a prisoner that they have finished their sentence …1950s Aust. & US prison sl.

• WALKING TOMS
n. long wooden poles that children walk around on to make them tall; stilts …1966 Amer. dial.

• WALKING TRAIN
n. a local train …1920s W. Indies sl.

• WALKING WOUNDED
n. anyone who, despite substantial problems in their life, is still able to function …1960s US sl.

• WALK IN LONG LASHES
vb. Bk1902 Eng. dial. – to walk with wide strides

• WALK IN TALL CORN
vb. to make a great deal of money …1997 US sl.

• WALK INTO
vb. 1. to eat or drink heartily of …1837
vb. 2. to approach aggressively; to concentrate on …M19 sl.
vb. 3. to attack, to overcome, to demolish …M19 sl.
vb. 4. to be indebted to, e.g. a tradesman …M19 sl.
vb. 5. to cheat, to defraud …M19 US criminals’ sl.
vb. 6. to defeat in a game of chance; to win money from …M19 sl.
vb. 7. to scold, to reprimand …M19 sl.
vb. 8. to spend money freely …M19 sl.

• WALK INTO SOMEONE’S AFFECTIONS
vb. 1. to beat, to scold …M19 sl.
vb. 2. to run up debts …M19 sl.

• WALKIST
n. an athlete who takes part in walking-matches; a pedestrian …1879 sporting sl.

• WALK IT
vb. to win easily, usually in a sporting context …1930s sl.

• WALK LIKE SHE CAN’T MASH ANTS
phr. used of a woman, implying that she appears far more innocent than her behaviour suggests she is …20C W. Indies

• WALKMAN
n. a watchman …1398 obs.

• WALK MATILDA
vb. to go on the tramp, carrying one’s pack …L19 Aust. sl.

• WALK OFF ON YOUR EAR
phr. go to the devil, go away …1879 Amer. sl.

• WALK OFF WITH
vb. to steal, often implying appropriating to oneself something lent or entrusted to one by another …1727 sl.

• WALK OF SHAME
n. a woman’s public appearance after spending the night with a new lover …1990s sl., orig. US college

• WALK ON!
int. a term of dismissal, disbelief, or contempt …1970s US college sl.

• WALK ONE’S CHALKS
vb. to go or move, esp. away, quickly; to depart quickly; to run away …1840 US sl.

• WALK ONE’S DOG
vb. to urinate or to defecate …1960s US sl.

• WALK ONE’S FERRET
vb. to masturbate …1940s NZ sl.

• WALK ONE UP ON THE CARPET
vb. to arrest; to call to time …Bk1913 Amer. dial.

• WALK ON FOOT
vb. of a stream: to flow slowly …1362 obs.

• WALK ON ONE’S TONGUE
vb. to have one’s tongue hanging out with thirst …1900s Aust. sl.

• WALK ON ROCKY SOCKS
vb. to walk unsteadily owing to an excess of drink…20C US sl.

• WALKOUT
n. an unceremonious departure; flight …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• WALK OUT ON
vb. to abandon someone or something …1937 UK sl., orig. theatrical usage

• WALKOUT POWDER
n. an unceremonious departure; flight …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• WALK OUT TOGETHER
vb. to have a clandestine affair …1930s UK society sl.

• WALK OUT WITH
vb. 1. to court or be courted by; to date …Brit. obs. or Eng. & Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to have a clandestine affair …1930s UK society sl.

• WALKOVER
n. an easy or unopposed victory …colloq.
(verbs as ‘walk over’)
vb. 1. to defeat someone comprehensively …M19 sl.
vb. 2. to treat someone with contempt …M19 sl.
vb. 3. to take advantage of someone …colloq.

• WALK ROUND
vb. 1. to cheat …M19 US sl.
vb. 2. to prepare oneself to face an attack …L19 sl.
vb. 3. to defeat easily …1900s sl.

• WALKS
n. steps …1889 Eng. dial.

• WALK SOFT
vb. to behave modestly …1970s African-American sl.

• WALK SOMEONE’S LOG
vb. to hurt someone …L19 US college sl.

• WALK-STREET
n. one who walks the streets; a prostitute …1611 obs.

• WALKTALK
n. a stroll on which the walkers chatter together …1910s Aust. sl.

• WALK TALL
vb. to behave proudly, courageously, and honestly; to carry one’s head proudly or elatedly …1846

• WALK THE BARBER
vb. to seduce a woman …M19 sl.

• WALK THE BLACK DOG ON
vb. to inflict a punishment on a new fellow-prisoner who refuses to pay the automatic fine that is levied on him as a new inmate …L18 UK prison sl.

• WALK THE BOODLE
vb. to distribute counterfeit notes …E19 US criminals’ sl.

• WALK THE CARPET
vb. of a servant: to be summoned before the master or mistress for a reprimand …1823

• WALK THE CHALK
vb. 1. to walk along a chalked line in order to prove one’s sobriety …E19 sl.
vb. 2. to conform rigorously to a prescribed standard; to obey implicitly; to behave in a sober, respectable manner …1845 Amer.
dial.

• WALK THE CHALK LINE
vb. to conform rigorously to a prescribed standard; to behave oneself; to obey implicitly …1851 Amer. dial.

• WALK THE CHALK MARK
vb. to conform rigorously to a prescribed standard; to behave oneself; to obey implicitly …1905 Amer. dial.

• WALK THE CHECK
vb. to walk deliberately out of a restaurant without paying the bill …1970s US college sl.

• WALK THE DOG
vb. 1. to show off by driving or walking at speed …1910s US sl.
vb. 2. on the railway: to operate a freight train at such a high speed that the wagons sway …1977 US sl.
vb. 3. in surfing; to move frontwards and backwards on the surfboard to affect its speed …1987 US sl.

• WALK THE NOSE
vb. in surfing: to advance to the front of the board …1962 US sl.

• WALK THE PIAZZAS
vb. to (start) work as a prostitute …E19 sl.

• WALK THE PLANK
vb. 1. to be dismissed from a job …L19 US sl.
vb. 2. to move forward on a surfboard, increasing the speed of the ride …1963 Aust. sl.

• WALK THE PONY
vb. to visit the lavatory …1980s sl.

• WALK THE TWELVE STEPS
vb. to go to court …1985 Cayman Islands

• WALK THE WALK
vb. to be (or behave as if) totally familiar with, and a part of, a given circumstance; to suit one’s actions to one’s words …2004 UK sl.

• WALK THE WALKAND TALK THE TALK
vb. to be (or behave as if) totally familiar with, and a part of, a given circumstance; to suit one’s actions to one’s words …2004 UK sl.

• WALK THE WALK OF THE TROLLOP
vb. to convey sexuality while walking …1991 US sl.

• WALK THE WAY OF A TROLLOP
vb. of a woman: to signal sexual availability …1990s US college sl.

• WALK THE YARD
vb. to methodically walk in a prison open space …1981 US sl.

• WALK TO JERICHO
vb. to go into hiding; to conceal oneself …B1900

• WALK TURKEY
vb. to walk around in a strutting manner …L19 sl.

• WALK-UP
n. 1. a brothel …20C US
n. 2. an apartment on an upper floor that has to be reached by the stairs because no elevator exists …1910s US sl.
n. 3. a block of flats having no lift …US & Can. colloq.
n. 4. a shooting that is carried out on foot …1990s sl.

• WALK UP AGAINST THE WALL
vb. to run up credit at a public house …L18 sl.

• WALK-UP FUCK
n. a woman who is agreeable to copulation …20C Aust. sl.

• WALK UPHILL
vb. to be pregnant …1944 Amer. dial.

• WALK UP LADDER LANE AND DOWN HEMP STREET
vb. to be hanged …19C sl.

• WALK UP THE WALL
vb. to run up credit at a public house …L18 sl.

• WALK WIDE IN WORDS
vb. to argue at cross purposes …1529 obs.

• WALK WILL OF ONE’S WAY
vb. to go astray, to lose oneself …c1475 Sc. obs.

• WALK WITH
vb. of a man: to go out socially with; to date; to court a woman …1827 Amer. dial.

• WALK WITH YOUR LUCY
vb. to inject a drug …1981 US sl.

• WALK YOUR BODY
phr. take yourself off, begone …c1730 Sc. obs.

• WALK YOUR DOG
vb. to use the toilet …1968 US sl.

• WALKYRIE
n. a witch, a sorceress …a1023 obs.


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