General English


  • A paved or planked path for foot traffic.


  • verb to leave the crease without waiting for the umpire’s verdict, as an acknowledgement that one has been fairly dismissed
    Citation ‘It was good to see that Graveney started to walk before the umpire raised his finger’ (Peebles 1959)
    Citation ‘In the First Test of the 1946–47 series, Bradman refused to walk, although everyone on the ground thought he was out caught except the umpire’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 13 November 1982)


  • verb to go free. A term popularised by its use in US TV crime dramas and the like.


  • noun an organised visit on foot

Origin & History of “walk”

Walk originally meant ‘roll about, toss’ (an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon glossary translated Latin ferventis oceani as ‘walking sea’). this gradually broadened out via ‘move about’ to ‘go on a journey’, but the specific application to ‘travelling on foot’ did not emerge until the 13th century. The verb came from a prehistoric Germanic *walkan, which also produced Dutch walken ‘make felt by beating’ and French gauchir ‘turn aside, detour’ (source of English gauche (18th c.)). It is ultimately related to Sanskrit valgati ‘hops’.