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From Middle English walken (to move, roll, turn, revolve, toss), from Old English wealcan (to move round, revolve, roll, turn, toss), ġewealcan (to go, traverse); and Middle English walkien (to roll, stamp, walk, wallow), from Old English wealcian (to curl, roll up); both from Proto-Germanic *walkaną, *walkōną (to twist, turn, roll about, full), from Proto-Indo-European *walg-, *walk- (to twist, turn, move). Cognate with Scots walk (to walk), Saterland Frisian walkje (to full; drum; flex; mill), West Frisian swalkje (to wander, roam), Dutch walken (to full, work hair or felt), Dutch zwalken (to wander about), German walken (to flex, full, mill, drum), Danish valke (to waulk, full), Latin valgus (bandy-legged, bow-legged). More at vagrant.


Borrowed from English waulk.

Middle English

Probably cognate with Modern English watch and wake.