A man and woman beside each other.
- An example of the use of beside as an adverb is in the sentence, "The nightstand is beside the bed," which means that the nightstand is next to the bed.
- An example of the use of beside as an adverb is in the sentence, "That factor is beside the point," which means that the factor is irrelevant to the point.
The definition of beside means by, along side, in comparison or near, or means not relevant.
- by or at the side of; alongside; near
- in comparison with: beside yours my share seems small
- not pertinent to: that's beside the point
Origin of besideMiddle English from Old English bi sidan (dat. of side): see by and side
Archaic in addition
wild or upset, as with fear, rage, etc.
- At the side of; next to.
- a. In comparison with: a proposal that seems quite reasonable beside the others.b. On an equal footing with: has earned a place beside the best performers in the business.
- In addition to: “Many creatures beside man live in communities” ( Stuart Chase ) See Usage Note at besides.
- Except for. See Usage Note at besides .
- Not relevant to: a remark that was beside the point.
- In addition.
Origin of besideMiddle English biside from Old English be sīdan be by ; see by 1. sīde side
- Not to be confused with: besides. See w:Adverbial genitive.