Simple Definition of beside
: by the side of (someone or something) : next to (someone or something)
: in comparison with (something)
Full Definition of beside
1 a : by the side of <walk beside me> b : in comparison with c : on a par with
2 : besides
3 : not relevant to <beside the point>
: in a state of extreme excitement
Examples of beside in a sentence
She sat beside him during dinner.
The man beside her was wearing a brown suit and hat.
They were walking beside me.
Stand beside the statue and I'll take your picture.
Their house is beside a small lake.
These problems seem unimportant beside the potential benefits of the new system.
Origin and Etymology of beside
Middle English, adverb & preposition, from Old English be sīdan at or to the side, from be at (from bī) + sīdan, dative & accusative of sīde side — more at by
First Known Use: 13th century
First Known Use of beside
BESIDE Defined for Kids
Headscratcher for beside
If you are beside yourself, you're not by your own side. When you're beside yourself, you're very upset.
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