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pedestrian

Line breaks: ped|es¦|trian
Pronunciation: /pɪˈdɛstrɪən
 
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Definition of pedestrian in English:

noun

A person walking rather than travelling in a vehicle: the road is so dangerous pedestrians avoid it [as modifier]: a pedestrian bridge
More example sentences
  • The new crossing would improve conditions both for pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Vehicles and pedestrians can still use Bank Street but it is taking away some of the parking space.
  • No lights, just a steady stream of pedestrians walking over the road and holding up the traffic.
Synonyms
walker, person on foot, hiker, rambler, stroller, wayfarer, footslogger
rare foot traveller

adjective

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Lacking inspiration or excitement; dull: disenchantment with their pedestrian lives
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  • In spite of the glowing praise on the back cover, it turned out to be very pedestrian and hum-drum.
  • Halfway through this fairly pedestrian game matters were poised on a knife-edge.
  • The performance is so pedestrian it practically gets run over by a goey-filled truckie.
Synonyms
ordinary, everyday, unoriginal, derivative, mediocre, run-of-the-mill, flat, prosaic, matter-of-fact, turgid, stodgy, mundane, humdrum
informal OK, so-so, bog-standard, vanilla, plain vanilla, nothing to write home about, not so hot, not up to much
British informal common or garden
New Zealand informal half-pie

Origin

early 18th century: from French pédestre or Latin pedester 'going on foot', also 'written in prose' + -ian. Early use in English was in the description of writing as 'prosaic'.

Derivatives

pedestrianism

1
noun
Example sentences
  • He has moved from iconoclasm to pedestrianism, and is increasingly incoherent.
  • It would be churlish to note the disparity between Spark's fastidious energy and the pedestrianism of this book, were the disparity not so glaring.
  • Pedestrianism had become hugely popular, and the newspapers of the day were enthusiastically playing up the challenge.

pedestrianly

2
adverb

Words that rhyme with pedestrian

equestrian

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