pass·​er·​by | \ ˌpa-sər-ˈbī How to pronounce passerby (audio) , ˈpa-sər-ˌbī \
plural passersby\ ˌpa-​sərz-​ˈbī How to pronounce passersby (audio) , ˈpa-​sərz-​ˌbī \

Definition of passerby

: one who passes by A passerby saw the accident and offered to help.

Examples of passerby in a Sentence

A passerby saw the accident and stopped to help. Passersby were asked if they were registered to vote.
Recent Examples on the Web According to Dallas police, the black and white cat was found by a passerby in the 2100 block of Woody Road around 4:20 p.m. on Oct. 23. Dallas News, "Police searching for suspect who shot cat in southeast Dallas," 17 Nov. 2020 The incident took place on February 24 when a passerby called police and reported La Russa's SUV was unable to maintain its lane and had collided with a curb, leaving it smoking on the roadside, according to court documents. Allen Kim, CNN, "New Chicago White Sox manager was charged with DUI a day before his hiring was announced," 10 Nov. 2020 Officials said she was taken to the hospital by a third party instead of in an ambulance, but a spokeswoman for state police did not know if that was a relative or friend or if a passerby stopped to help her. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Woman shot on Eisenhower Expressway on Chicago’s West Side," 9 Nov. 2020 Isaac Smith had been talking to voters in the streets of a historic Black D.C. neighborhood for barely 10 minutes before a passerby shouted a warning. Washington Post, "A man tied to white supremacists is running for office in a Black D.C. neighborhood," 31 Oct. 2020 The first was reported about 9:10 a.m. by a passerby in the 2400 block of Grizzly Peak Boulevard atop the Oakland hills and near the Berkeley border. Michael Cabanatuan,, "3 bodies found in Oakland — year’s homicide toll now 83," 30 Oct. 2020 Three occupants were rescued by a passerby and two city maintenance employees who were working in nearby Brookview Park when the fire broke out. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Good Samaritans rescue 3 residents from 'fast-moving' fire that ravaged Golden Valley townhouses," 28 Oct. 2020 According to initial reports by the Galesburg Police Department, Tyler’s body was found by a passerby around 7 p.m. on September 15, 2018, lying face down in about two inches of water in a drainage canal, which is called the Cedar Fork Creek. NBC News, "Family continues to plead for answers in 2018 death of son Tyler Smith as Illinois State Police launch investigation," 26 Sep. 2020 Kevin Mallory said that officers responded to 635 W. 3900 South around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday after a passerby called in to report a shooting victim at the car wash located there. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Unified Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Millcreek man," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of passerby

1567, in the meaning defined above

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“Passerby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of passerby

: a person who walks by something on a street or road


pass·​er·​by | \ ˌpa-sər-ˈbī How to pronounce passerby (audio) \
plural passersby\ -​sərz-​ˈbī \

Kids Definition of passerby

: someone who goes by

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