From Middle English beside, besiden, bisyde (also besides > besides), from Old English be sīdan, bī sīdan (“by the side (of), on the side (of)”), equivalent to be- + side. Compare Saterland Frisian biesiede (“aside”), German Low German bisied (“aside”), German beiseite (“aside, to one side”). Compare also Dutch terzijde (“aside”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈsaɪd/,
- (General American) IPA(key): /biˈsaɪd/, /bəˈsaɪd/
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- Rhymes: -aɪd
- Next to; at the side of.
- A small table beside the bed
- Not relevant to.
- That is beside the point
- Besides; in addition to.
beside (not comparable)
- Otherwise; else; besides.
- 1817 (published 11 January 1818), Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Sonnet. Ozymandias.”, in Rosalind and Helen, a Modern Eclogue; with Other Poems, London: […] [C. H. Reynell] for C[harles] and J[ames] Ollier, […], published 1819, OCLC 1940490, page 92:
- Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away.