John Walker, an English lexicographer, born at Colney-Hatch, Middlesex, March 18, 1732, died in London, Aug. 1, 1807. He was successively a merchant, actor, and teacher.

In 1769 he began to teach elocution, in which he soon gained a wide celebrity. In 1772 he published "A General Idea of a Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language;" in 1775 a rhyming dictionary, first published under the title of "A Dictionary of the English Language, answering at once the purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing;" in 1781 "Elements of Elocution;" in 1783 " Hints for Improvement in the Art of Reading," a pamphlet, most of which was incorporated in the " Rhetorical Grammar" (1785); in 1787 a small treatise entitled " The Melody of Speaking delineated, or Elocution taught like Music by Visible Signs;" in 1791 his chief work, the " Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language," which for many years was the general standard; in 1798 a "Key" to the pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture names; and in 1805 "Outlines of English Grammar." Mr. Walker was brought up as a Presbyterian, but died in the Roman Catholic faith.