beside

[ bih-sahyd ]
/ bɪˈsaɪd /

preposition

by or at the side of; near: Sit down beside me.
compared with: Beside him other writers seem amateurish.
apart from; not connected with: beside the point; beside the question.

adverb

along the side of something: The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.

Idioms

    beside oneself, almost out of one's senses from a strong emotion, as from joy, delight, anger, fear, or grief: He was beside himself with rage when the train left without him.

Origin of beside

before 1000; Middle English; earlier bi-siden, Old English bī sīdan, be sīdan; see be-, side1

Can be confused

beside besides (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

For the prepositional meanings “over and above, in addition to” and “except” besides is preferred, especially in edited writing: Besides these honors he received a sum of money. We heard no other sound besides the breaking surf. However, beside sometimes occurs with these meanings as well.
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beside

/ (bɪˈsaɪd) /

preposition

next to; at, by, or to the side of
as compared with
away from; wide ofbeside the point
archaic besides
beside oneself (postpositive often foll by with) overwhelmed; overwroughtbeside oneself with grief

adverb

at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone

Word Origin for beside

Old English be sīdan; see by, side
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