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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Yet the sensation of being casually stared at, sized-up, and generally found wanting by every passerby with the inclination to do so left me feeling slightly like a panda in a zoo with no bamboo shoots to hide behind. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Kiwi, the startup that makes and manages the one hundred-strong fleet of robots, issued a statement to say that the fire was quickly extinguished by a passerby before the city’s fire department arrived and doused the machine in foam. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Delivery robot spontaneously bursts into flames in California," 17 Dec. 2018 Making the case for a little skin, however, is Vogue cover girl Emily Blunt, who gave passerbys the November cold shoulder yesterday in Los Angeles. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Blunt's Risky Skin Reveal Is a Lesson in Year-Round Body Confidence," 15 Nov. 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, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 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

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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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