Meaning of PEDESTRIAN in English


I. pə̇ˈdestrēən adjective

Etymology: Latin pedestr-, pedester, pedestris going on foot, prosaic (from pedes one going on foot, from ped-, pes foot) + English -an — more at foot


a. : having the characteristics of a drudge or plodder : unimaginative

a dry laborious pedestrian student of facts — Havelock Ellis

b. : marked by drabness or dullness : commonplace

in a pedestrian world he held to the old cavalier grace — John Buchan

c. of style : lacking sprightliness or inspiration : prosaic

urbane, richly allusive … almost never pens a pedestrian page — Dixon Wecter

his sentences and phrases are too often pedestrian , commonplace, and flat — Times Literary Supplement


a. : going on foot

a dog will scurry before and behind his pedestrian master — George Santayana

b. : performed on foot

a pedestrian journey

pedestrian races

c. : of or relating to walking

complained about the pedestrian distances — Lewis Mumford

II. noun

( -s )

: a person who travels on foot : walker: as

a. : one who walks for pleasure, sport, or exercise : hiker

an indefatigable pedestrian

he liked company on a walk … and most of his guests were not pedestrians — R.M.Lovett

b. : one walking as distinguished from one travelling by car or cycle

signalled traffic to halt to allow pedestrians to cross the street

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.