Definition of beside
1a : by the side of <walk beside me> <a house beside a small lake>b : in comparison with <potential complications are minor beside the benefits>c : on a par with <a composition that can be ranked beside that of the masters>
2 : besides <No one knows beside me.> <learning other languages beside French and English>
3 : not relevant to <but that's 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
BESIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beside for English Language Learners
: by the side of (someone or something) : next to (someone or something)
: in comparison with (something)
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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