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.
along the side of something: The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.
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;Can be confusedbeside besides (see usage note at the current entry)
earlier bi-siden, Old English bī sīdan, be sīdan;
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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Related Words for beside oneselfagitated
British Dictionary definitions for beside oneself
next to; at, by, or to the side of
as compared with
away from; wide ofbeside the point
beside oneself (postpositive often foll by with) overwhelmed; overwroughtbeside oneself with grief
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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Word Origin and History for beside oneself
Old English be sidan "by the side of" (only as two words), from be- + sidan dative of side (n.). By 1200, formed as one word and used as both adverb and preposition. The alternative Middle English meaning "outside" led to the sense preserved in beside oneself "out of one's wits" (late 15c.).
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Idioms and Phrases with beside oneself
In a state of extreme agitation or excitement, as in She was beside herself when she found she'd lost her ring, or Peter was beside himself with joy—he'd won the poetry award. This phrase appears in the New Testament (Acts 26:24): “Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning makes thee mad.” [Late 1400s]
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