beside

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English beside, besiden (also besides > besides), from Old English be sīdan ‎(by the side; on the side), equivalent to be- +‎ side. Compare Saterland Frisian biesiede, German beiseite.

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Preposition[edit]

beside

  1. Next to; at the side of.
    A small table beside the bed
  2. Not relevant to.
    That is beside the point
  3. Besides; in addition to.
    • Alexander Pope:
      To all beside, as much an empty shade, / An Eugene living, as a Caesar dead.

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Adverb[edit]

beside ‎(not comparable)

  1. otherwise; else
    • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias:
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923: third · evil · outside · #694: beside · worth · please · quiet

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