bystander etymology

English word bystander comes from English by-, English stander ((obsolete) A standel.. One who stands.)

Detailed word origin of bystander

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
by- English (eng) Prefix denoting nearness or roundaboutness. Prefix meaning secondary, incidental, or parallel to (usually non-productive) town or city.
stander English (eng) (obsolete) A standel.. One who stands.
bystander English (eng) A person who, although present at some event, does not take part in it; an observer or spectator.

Words with the same origin as bystander

Descendants of by-
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