Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who goes or passes by; a passer-by.

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Examples

  • How artificially they beg, what forcible speech, and how they select and choose out words of vehemence, whereby they do in manner conjure or adjure the goer-by to pity their cases, I pass over to remember, as judging the name of God and Christ to be more conversant in the mouths of none and yet the presence of the Heavenly Majesty further off from no men than from this ungracious company.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • How artificially they beg, what forcible speech, and how they select and choose out words of vehemence, whereby they do in manner conjure or adjure the goer-by to pity their cases, I pass over to remember, as judging the name of God and Christ to be more conversant in the mouths of none and yet the presence of the Heavenly Majesty further off from no men than from this ungracious company.

    Of Provision Made for the Poor. Chapter IX. [1577, Book III., Chapter 5; 1587, Book II., Chapter 10

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  • Would the plural be goers-by?

    February 1, 2011

  • I suppose so. Unless you think we ought to let by-goers be by-goers.

    February 1, 2011