pass·​er·​by | \ˌpa-sər-ˈbī, ˈpa-sər-ˌbī\
plural passersby\ˌpa-​sərz-​ˈbī, 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.

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It was first spotted by a passerby, started, said Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Noxious Tacoma scrap-metal fire under control; nearby air quality has improved," 17 Sep. 2018 About five hours later, a passerby on Highway 1 near Mendocino, California, called 911 to report an SUV upside down in the surf at the bottom of a cliff. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 The man's vehicle, 1985 Pace Arrow RV, had become disabled along Tyler Island Road near Race Track Road and a passerby stopped to help. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Man dies after being struck by his own RV on Tyler Island, CHP says," 26 June 2018 David Buckel, 60, was pronounced dead at about 6:30 a.m. after a passerby spotted his charred remains in a Brooklyn park, police told the Associated Press. Stephanie Petit,, "Prominent Lawyer David Buckel Dies After Setting Himself on Fire to Protest Environmental Destruction," 15 Apr. 2018 Days before a passerby spotted the wrecked SUV 100 feet below the turnout on the rocky California shoreline, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services opened a case into the family. Rebecca Woolington,, "Hart family deadly crash: Speedometer in wrecked SUV 'pinned' at 90 mph, report says," 31 Mar. 2018 Christopher Audet, 45, of Penacook, was pronounced dead at the scene after his body was discovered by a passerby in the area of Island Shore Estates at about 4:55 p.m., New Hampshire State Police said. Adam Sennott,, "NH man pulled from river identified," 13 July 2018 Cook’s body was discovered by a passerby near Banks and Lummistown Roads in the Cedarville area. Max Cohen,, "$1,000 reward offered for clues in death of South Jersey woman who was dismembered and burned," 11 July 2018 Blood oozing from a gash in his leg, Walsh crawled home until an unidentified passerby noticed the 10-year-old on the ground and helped him get back to his house in Austin, Texas. Josh Magness, star-telegram, "She drove into a boy and sped away 'very scared,' Texas cops say. He had to crawl home | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of passerby

1567, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
plural passersby\-​sərz-​ˈbī \

Kids Definition of passerby

: someone who goes by

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