pass·​er·​by | \ ˌpa-sər-ˈbī How to pronounce passerby (audio) , ˈpa-sər-ˌbī \
plural passersby\ ˌpa-​sərz-​ˈbī How to pronounce passerby (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 To a passerby, the Iglesia San Mateo de Cangrejos, a pastel-peach Catholic church in the middle of San Juan’s Santurce neighborhood, might look like any other house of prayer. Syra Ortiz- Blanes,, 22 Nov. 2021 Mount Healthy police said they were called to the 8000 block of Hamilton Avenue after a passerby spotted Stigall and the victim. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 18 Nov. 2021 Rhoda Wagner, 60, was found lying in the yard of a home in Miller Township outside of State College on July 28 after investigators received a call from a passerby, Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement obtained by WGAL. Greg Norman, Fox News, 5 Aug. 2021 Officers responded to a call from a passerby who saw a person on the ground. Christine Dempsey,, 26 Oct. 2021 When a passerby, Joaquin Garcia Jr., stopped his vehicle to help Guzman, Guzman initially couldn’t shake the dogs off his legs. Bob Chiarito,, 5 Oct. 2021 Suspicious situation, Pearl Road: On Aug. 31, a concerned passerby called police after seeing a man slumped over the steering wheel of a gray Toyota RAV4, which was running and parked in a Pearl Road parking lot. John Benson, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 On June 20, a passerby found Lauren's purse in a nearby park and turned it over to police. Elaine Aradillas,, 10 Sep. 2021 The police told her that a passerby had found Andre lying in the street. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of passerby

1567, in the meaning defined above

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“Passerby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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