Definition of walk-up in English:



North American
  • 1A building allowing access to the upper floors by stairs only.

    ‘a studio apartment in an ungentrified walk-up’
    as modifier ‘a walk-up hotel’
    • ‘He held to a value system he couldn't find in Kenwood, or in the bug-infested walk-ups, or in the shelters.’
    • ‘It was an 80-floor walk-up, we were saying, and they'd better book the next day off.’
    • ‘Glouberman lives in a walk-up next door to The Beaconsfield; his roof-top patio overlooks the site where the bar wants to build theirs.’
    • ‘One of the most interesting spaces to open recently is the South African-run Axis Gallery, located on the top floor of a tiny walk-up at 453 West 17th Street.’
    • ‘I'm also on the fourth floor of a walk-up, so racing up and down is not an option.’
    • ‘Within a few days of settling in to my apartment in a four-story walk-up, I plunged into the novel.’
    • ‘I was not married; I lived in a five-story walk-up in the East Village; I worked freelance; and I would have to go on bed rest in March.’
    • ‘They explored solutions such as taking down some of the towers and adding walk-ups.’
    • ‘Immigrants felt they had truly made it in the New World when they traded in their four-storey walk-up for a four-car garage.’
    • ‘He carted them all back to his rent-stabilized walk-up on the Upper East Side.’
    • ‘On a weeknight in early February, the front line in the battle to privatize America's public schools reached the top floor of a five-story walk-up in Flatbush, Brooklyn.’
    • ‘Instead I had a dodgy job for a dodgier boss, working out of a four floor walk-up above a bridal wholesalers in Soho.’
    ascend, mount, scale, scramble up, clamber up, shin up
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    1. 1.1 A room or flat in a walk-up building.
      • ‘Number nine was a fourth-floor walk-up on Avenue B. Walls.’
      • ‘Kokhi's parents' place is a tiny top-floor walk-up in one of the slummy blocks that line Hebron Road on its way out of town.’
      • ‘Williams says she already feels more energetic, and she's finally able to visit her sister, who lives in a third-floor walk-up.’
      • ‘She had budgeted $140,000 for a two-bedroom home in a modern building with an elevator, but had to settle for a one-bedroom, third-floor walk-up in a building built in 1936.’
      • ‘When I met Mamie, she was living in her sixth-floor walk-up.’
      • ‘‘It was her example and selfless service, raising four boys in a fourth floor walk-up that made the difference’.’
      • ‘Living in Chicago, her apartment was a second story walk-up.’
      • ‘I live in a fourth-floor walk-up in Brooklyn; I do not need a whole lot of gardening hints.’
      • ‘His studio was like a creepy one-room place that was a walk-up on top of a deli, so it smelled real weird.’
      • ‘She had never been to a place like that before - a fifth floor walk-up along a dingy staircase, a room papered in heavy metal posters.’
      • ‘Many experts say today's twenty-somethings don't want to downscale by sharing a walk-up with three roommates when their middle class parents have a house where they can crash.’
      • ‘The Reuben Gallery, by contrast, was a third-floor walk-up in a small, aging building.’
      • ‘So, you tell me, why am I sitting here in a rented second floor walk-up, albeit at the beach, awaiting the outcome of possible condemnation resulting from six violations of the city housing code?’
      • ‘I could slap her slum landlord with a fine, a whipping or a public egging for failing to fix the elevator to her third floor walk-up.’
      • ‘I lived in a small corner of a huge three bedroom flat, a dank leaking walk-up above a convenience store.’
      • ‘Ms. Dinoire's mother, returning to her third-floor walk-up with a plastic bag of groceries, waved off a reporter last week.’
      • ‘Doron and Liz were sharing a sixth-floor walk-up in the tangled heart of the Marais, and I was a mere ten-minute walk to the east, in a studio on the edge of the artsy 11th arrondissement.’
      • ‘He lived in… squalor might be too strong a word, but his last apartment was a 6th-floor walk-up.’