Definition of pedestrian in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪˈdɛstrɪən/


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.
walker, person on foot, hiker, rambler, stroller, wayfarer, footslogger
rare foot traveller


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.
dull, plodding, boring, tedious, monotonous, uneventful, unremarkable, tiresome, wearisome, uninspired, uncreative, unimaginative, unexciting, uninteresting, lifeless, dry;
unvarying, unvaried, repetitive, repetitious, routine, commonplace, average, workaday;
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



Pronunciation: /pɪˈdɛstrɪənɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • By this extraordinary effort of pedestrianism, he netted the sum of a hundred guineas, which had been staked on his success.
  • As a sport, running is the present day version of 'pedestrianism', which originated in eighteenth century Britain and came to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Pedestrianism had become hugely popular, and the newspapers of the day were enthusiastically playing up the challenge.




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'.

Words that rhyme with pedestrian


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