[uh-lawng-sahyd, uh-long-]
  1. beside; by the side of: The dog ran alongside me all the way.
  2. Informal. alongside of, compared with: Alongside of his brother, he is no student at all.

Origin of alongside

First recorded in 1700–10; along + side1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for alongside of


  1. (often foll by of) along the side of; along besidealongside the quay
  1. along the side of some specified thingcome alongside
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Word Origin and History for alongside of



1707, from along + side (n.). A word formed from a phrase. Originally mostly nautical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with alongside of

alongside of


Beside, next to, as in Tom's canoe lay alongside of mine. [Late 1700s]


Together with, as in Her children played alongside of mine all summer long. [Late 1700s]


Compared to, as in My car doesn't look like much alongside of Dad's. [Colloquial; late 1800s]

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