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passerby

[pas-er-bahy, -bahy, pah-ser-] /ˈpæs ərˈbaɪ, -ˌbaɪ, ˈpɑ sər-/
noun, plural passersby
[pas-erz-bahy, -bahy, pah-serz-] /ˈpæs ərzˈbaɪ, -ˌbaɪ, ˈpɑ sərz-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person passing by.
Also, passer-by.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; pass by + -er1, with postposing of the particle
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British Dictionary definitions for passer-by

passer-by

noun (pl) passers-by
1.
a person that is passing or going by, esp on foot
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Word Origin and History for passer-by
n.

also passerby, 1560s, from agent noun of pass (v.) + by; earlier, this sense was in passager (see passenger).

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