beside[bē sīd′, bi-]
A man and woman beside each other.
- The definition of beside means by, along side, in comparison or near, or means not relevant.
- 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.
- 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 amp; 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 by1 + sīde, side.
- Not to be confused with: besides. See w:Adverbial genitive.