Definition of pedestrian in English:



  • A person walking along a road or in a developed area.

    • ‘Now pedestrians hurry past each week as they walk along one of the shortest streets in York.’
    • ‘Chiswick residents claim the crossing is dangerous for drivers and pedestrians.’
    • ‘No lights, just a steady stream of pedestrians walking over the road and holding up the traffic.’
    • ‘Footpaths provide a safe environment for pedestrians and should be respected by all.’
    • ‘She said they had complained that cars and other vehicles ignore it and fail to stop for pedestrians.’
    • ‘Well done to all concerned for ensuring that no harm came to road users and pedestrians alike.’
    • ‘Both have footpaths which have been widened over recent years to accommodate pedestrians.’
    • ‘Windmill Street will be closed and no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed access.’
    • ‘If the police do take action on this, pedestrians will benefit as much as cyclists.’
    • ‘The new crossing would improve conditions both for pedestrians and vehicles.’
    • ‘Some pedestrians walked past for a second time, and like the woman they gave you wary looks.’
    • ‘Many pedestrians end up having to push past the waiting passengers to get through.’
    • ‘This reduces visibility for motorists and pedestrians and is very dangerous.’
    • ‘He did note that the biggest danger was to pedestrians crossing the swing bridge across the canal.’
    • ‘He was far too large for the traffic and pedestrians to avoid, but both consciously tried to do so.’
    • ‘Many pedestrians have learnt not to rely on the pedestrian phase even if there is one.’
    • ‘Vehicles and pedestrians can still use Bank Street but it is taking away some of the parking space.’
    • ‘Residents claimed the lights made it much more dangerous for pedestrians to cross.’
    • ‘He has also called on motorists to be more conscious of pedestrians and cyclists.’
    • ‘We would like to see pedestrians given priority over vehicles on all park roads.’
    walker, person on foot, hiker, rambler, stroller, wayfarer, footslogger
    foot traveller
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  • Lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.

    ‘disenchantment with their present, pedestrian lives’
    • ‘It's often imaginative, but the choppy and pedestrian delivery strongly stunts the acidic flavour.’
    • ‘There is a good sting in its tail but it hardly justifies the one hundred pedestrian minutes which precede it.’
    • ‘Otherwise the same old struggle to make sense of what looks like very pedestrian work from last week.’
    • ‘His descriptions are often quite pedestrian and sometimes strangely inept.’
    • ‘The performance is so pedestrian it practically gets run over by a goey-filled truckie.’
    • ‘Ironic that a comic with such revolutionary ideas should have such pedestrian objectives.’
    • ‘Halfway through this fairly pedestrian game matters were poised on a knife-edge.’
    • ‘The second half was more pedestrian due to some extent to the pitch cutting up and also to Borris' big lead.’
    • ‘In spite of the glowing praise on the back cover, it turned out to be very pedestrian and hum-drum.’
    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
    ok, so-so, bog-standard, vanilla, plain vanilla, nothing to write home about, not so hot, not up to much
    common or garden
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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.