passerby

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n passerby a person who passes by casually or by chance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium), when brushed by a passerby, ejects its seeds and a stream of poisonous juice that stings the skin.
    • n passerby One who passes by, especially casually or by chance; one not directly involved in some action; a passer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n passerby One who passes by or near. Also by-passer.
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Usage

In literature:

Shop windows, freshly decked, tempted the passerby with foretastes of the season's styles in gowns and hats and furs.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Already I seem a stranger, a passerby.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
Frank could see that the door was ajar, as though inviting the passerby to enter without the formality of knocking.
"The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point" by Quincy Allen
A passerby heard his cries and asked what had happened.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
Then, as I thought it over, I said to myself, 'Is this a freak of some passerby, or is it some sort of signal?
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
And every passerby shall be sprayed!
"Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Close to the mouth of the Cave of Darkness, but cleverly hidden from the view of any passerby, sat a company of Imps.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
The Cafe Sinister beckons to the passerby.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
He walked into their shelter until he was out of any passerby's range of vision.
"The Mighty Dead" by William Campbell Gault
From their favorite chairs at the large, screened windows the two lads watched the occasional passerby, also the clock.
"The Auto Boys' Vacation" by James A. Braden
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In news:

The torso was reportedly found by a passerby near the Rainbow Bridge.
But when it's hot outside and a passerby sees that dog, of course authorities will be called.
The Crossroads Café at the corner of Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue was packed with tables open only for reserved parties, and passerby moved into The Corner Grind next door.
At first glance, a passerby might not realize that the impressive, new building sitting off Ga. Hwy 92 is actually the county jail.
The Anderson County Sheriff's Office says the first barrel was found Wednesday after receiving a tip from a passerby.
A turnpike authority dispatcher said a passerby reported the damage at 3:30 pm Wednesday.
Emergency crews were called to the scene around 8:30 am after a passerby saw the vehicle and called 911.
A passerby found the bodies in the car at around 6:30 pm Thursday.
A passerby spotted the victims at about 6:30 pm in a BMW parked across from the Knox Academic Building, the report said.
A passerby spotted flames coming from an attached garage around 5:30 this morning.
Fake dinosaur unleashed in 'Jurassic Prank' on unsuspecting passerby.
A passerby on nearby Interstate 64 noticed the fire, and alerted authorities.
A passerby reported the fire just before 6 pm in the building that most recently housed an antiques business.
Striking doctors talk with a passerby.
A passerby saw the little bear and and offered it some water.
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