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passerby

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.
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Origin of passerby

1560–70; pass by + -er1, with postposing of the particle
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  • The boat excited the jeers of passersby, who called it "Fulton's Folly."

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • Out of the crowd of passersby I pick the perfect and unconscious rosebud.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He was so impassioned that passersby began to observe them curiously.

    The Grain Of Dust

    David Graham Phillips

  • In addition, the passersby observed us with the utmost astonishment.

    My Recollections

    Jules Massenet

  • There was no hope of drawing the attention of passersby to his situation.

    Jack's Ward

    Horatio Alger, Jr.