Definition of bystander in English:



  • A person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part.

    • ‘The innocent bystanders ran out the door of the tavern, including the bar tender.’
    • ‘It is blatantly unethical to wreak vengeance upon innocent bystanders.’
    • ‘Even organic products may kill these innocent bystanders if not used carefully.’
    • ‘Yet you are given the impression that the author was an innocent bystander to events which were supposed to have been under his control.’
    • ‘Military officials have said the order to strike again would not have been given had many bystanders been present.’
    • ‘It is also the bystanders who watch the incidents of bullying and do nothing to stop them.’
    • ‘In fact, Michael even helps out an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire.’
    • ‘He found the account of the trial that proved her an innocent bystander, since she was a minor.’
    • ‘Don't think for a minute that management is an innocent bystander in all of this.’
    • ‘There's even a scene where a giant watermelon is menacingly thrust at an innocent bystander.’
    • ‘Most striking about the photos is the presence of participants and bystanders.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is not an unusual event, but this incident has extra urgency - a bystander says he is carrying a gun.’
    • ‘When these agents came on the scene, they gassed the innocent bystanders outside.’
    • ‘Several bystanders witnessed the incident and said that the appellant appeared calm afterwards.’
    • ‘The road had not been closed and bystanders gathered to watch the events unfold.’
    • ‘The place was surrounded by the police and the crowd of bystanders discussed the events.’
    • ‘What about an innocent bystander who knows something but isn't actually carrying out an attack?’
    • ‘The plaintiffs draw two distinctions between their position and that of spectators or bystanders.’
    • ‘If bystanders are present, get them to phone for an ambulance at once.’
    • ‘As she stood on the platform, two helpful bystanders pointed out that she had misspelled liar.’
    onlooker, passer-by, non-participant, observer, spectator, eyewitness, witness, looker-on, sightseer, watcher, viewer, gaper
    gawper, rubberneck
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