or pass·er-by

[ pas-er-bahy, -bahy, pah-ser- ]
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noun,plural pass·ers·by [pas-erz-bahy, -bahy, pah-serz-], /ˈpæs ərzˈbaɪ, -ˌbaɪ, ˈpɑ sərz-/,
  1. a person passing by.

Origin of passerby

1560–70; pass by + -er1, with postposing of the particle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use passerby in a sentence

  • The education of Humanity grows like those Eastern pyramids, to which each passer-by adds his stone.

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  • He fancied that every passer-by looked at him in a peculiar way, with a sort of sarcastic astonishment and curiosity.

British Dictionary definitions for passer-by


nounplural passers-by
  1. a person that is passing or going by, esp on foot

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