Bystander By"stand`er, n. [By + stander, equiv. to stander-by; cf. AS. big-standan to stand by or near.] One who stands near; a spectator; one who has no concern with the business transacting. [1913 Webster]

He addressed the bystanders and scattered pamphlets among them. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Looker on; spectator; beholder; observer. [1913 Webster]

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