Definition of walk-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwôk ˌəp/


1(Of a building) allowing access to the upper floors by stairs only; having no elevator: a walk-up hotel
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  • He had an office in my grandmother's dilapidated walk-up office building.
  • This walk-up design envisioned one layer of two-story row houses on top of an identical layer of row houses.
1.1(Of a room or apartment) accessed by stairs.
Example sentences
  • Wait till we paint, or put up some art… then I'll be happy to show off our walk-up penthouse.
  • Living in a walk-up apartment as a cripple is sure to be hell.
  • From our rundown walk-up office on Spadina, we threw together campaigns against cruise missiles and nuclear power.
1.2(Of a building or service) easily accessible to pedestrians: a walk-up food stand
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  • It's a large, sit-down restaurant, open late nights, with a walk-up window of course.
  • Hanrahan said the Bay and Broad facility will offer a walk-up window for customers, as well as a drive-up ATM.
  • You can get an ice cream cone the size of your head for two bucks at the Twist of the Mist - a walk-up ice cream shop shaped like a giant ice cream cone.
1.3(Of a travel fare) at the price charged for immediate use rather than at the lower level provided when a customer makes a reservation in advance: the one-way walk-up fare from Baltimore to San Francisco
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  • So, even before SimpliFares, the network carriers lowered many walk-up and advance-purchase fares to match prices charged by LCCs on those competitive routes.


North American
A building allowing access to the upper floors by stairs only.
Example sentences
  • He carted them all back to his rent-stabilized walk-up on the Upper East Side.
  • I'm also on the fourth floor of a walk-up, so racing up and down is not an option.
  • They explored solutions such as taking down some of the towers and adding walk-ups.

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Syllabification: walk-up

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