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.

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Char was convicted in March of stabbing the driver of another car in August 2016 and of assaulting both the driver's passenger and a passerby who tried to break up the confrontation. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "White man shows up in blackface to protest attempted murder conviction in Hawaii," 3 July 2019 Once, a passerby took his picture, then made it into a painting and presented it to him. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: Father Lawrence Schottelkotte has run every day for 40 years. It takes faith to do it.," 29 June 2019 This was deliberately placed where a child or passerby could have found it. Fox News, "South Carolina ‘terrorist sympathizer’ placed bomb inside teddy bear, FBI says," 19 June 2019 There was only one passerby, Dadoub said, that shouted out of their car window in support for Trump. Madeline Mitchell,, "Protesters rally along Fifth Street in reaction to SCOTUS vote for Trump's travel ban," 29 June 2018 For carnivores, a preliminary menu shown to a passerby in recent days listed a $120 family-style Tomahawk steak. Michael Mayo,, "Another Italian restaurant, Talento, to open on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. That makes a dozen.," 10 June 2019 The footage depicts Newberg chasing down a passerby who criticized him for placing another man on a wet sidewalk during a stop. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Baltimore police sergeant suspended and charged for improper arrest," 6 June 2019 The passerby attempted to pull Corder out of his vehicle, but Corder wouldn't budge. Aubrey Carpenter, azcentral, "Man suspected of Loop 202 carjacking said he stole car because someone was following him," 6 June 2019 This is a town named for a random passerby, not for a sandwich spread. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Mayo, Florida Was Just Renamed for a Different Condiment," 24 Sep. 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 How to pronounce passerby (audio) \
plural passersby\ -​sərz-​ˈbī \

Kids Definition of passerby

: someone who goes by

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