- a person present but not involved; chance spectator; onlooker.
Origin of bystander
Synonyms for bystanderSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for bystandereyewitness, observer, spectator, onlooker, passerby, viewer, kibitzer, witness, watcher, looker-on, gaper
Examples from the Web for bystander
Contemporary Examples of bystander
According to police, Frias got into a disagreement with a bystander at the scene.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic
January 2, 2015
Wahlberg fled from the scene and approached a bystander, Hoa Trinh, also Vietnamese.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
Video of the horrific episode was captured by a bystander, Ramsey Orta, who then sold it to the New York Daily News.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
A video of the confrontation shot by a bystander shows Garner surrounded by a group of police officers.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
Even so, AEI is mostly a bystander as Republicans fight among themselves to squelch the Tea Party grassroots.D.C.’s Conservative Guru Finds His Inner Hippie
June 27, 2014
Historical Examples of bystander
"He wouldn't thank you, sir, for interfering," remarked a bystander.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
"It must have been a house of accommodation then for man and beast," replied a bystander.
Wilson watched him as curiously as though he had been merely a bystander.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
"They are talking of sending her to the Refuge," answered a bystander.Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
A bystander interfered, and declared in favour of the strangers.
- a person present but not involved; onlooker; spectator