[pas-er-bahy, -bahy, pah-ser-]
- a person passing by.
Origin of passerby
1560–70; pass by + -er1, with postposing of the particle
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Related Wordsbystander, observer, witness, viewer, beholder, watcher, spectator, onlooker, passer-by, looker-on
Examples from the Web for passer-by
A year or so later, a magistrate fined her when her dog bit a passer-by in the Windsor Great Park.Working in The Royal Archives and Dreaming Up a Novel
October 16, 2012
This sound issued from the ragged individual, but the passer-by did not turn his head.
It is the shadow of some passer-by thrown into relief on the light background.
The cabman bought a torch from a passer-by, and stuck it in his whip-barrel.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
But no group is insistent that the passer-by should look at it.The Legacy of Greece
How could the passer-by not be touched by the idea that the stone is so hard?A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
- a person that is passing or going by, esp on foot
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Word Origin and History for passer-by
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