- Sports. in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round: The top three seeded players received byes in the first round.
- Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
- Cricket. a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
- something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
- by the bye, by the way; incidentally: By the bye, how do you spell your name?Also by the by.
Origin of bye1
- goodbye: By now, come again sometime!
Origin of by2
- variant of by-: bye-election.
Examples from the Web for bye
The bye bye is being sung, incidentally, by mothers to their babies condemned to death by King Herod.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
I never knew how long he would last before he said, “Okay, bye.”A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters
September 24, 2014
The year before that, West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie were huge sellers.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America
January 29, 2014
He was alone, wrapped at six in the morning, and the rest of us had wrapped earlier and were like, “Well, bye, goodnight!”Alison Brie on ‘Community’s’ New Beginning, Dan Harmon’s Return, Nicolas Cage, and More
January 3, 2014
To quote my spirit animal, Merritt Wever, “I gotta go, bye.”The Crazy Emmy Awards 2013: Wild Upsets, Odd Hosting & More (VIDEO)
September 23, 2013
Bye and bye the eyes closed, and still clinging to the post, she slept.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
It's the only comfort I have, and I'll get all the rest I want by and bye.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
By the bye, it has just occurred to me that the Fourth of July is properly a show.
Bye knew the place well and the significance of the sound he heard.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
The manufacture of lead-pencils, by the bye, is a very interesting subject.The Story of a Tinder-box
Charles Meymott Tidy
- sport the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent
- golf one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided
- cricket a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsmanSee also leg bye
- something incidental or secondary
- by the bye incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
- British informal goodbye
- used to indicate the agent after a passive verbseeds eaten by the birds
- used to indicate the person responsible for a creative workthis song is by Schubert
- via; throughenter by the back door
- followed by a gerund to indicate a means usedhe frightened her by hiding behind the door
- beside; next to; neara tree by the house
- passing the position of; pasthe drove by the old cottage
- not later than; beforereturn the books by Tuesday
- used to indicate extent, after a comparativeit is hotter by five degrees than it was yesterday
- (esp in oaths) invoking the name ofI swear by all the gods
- multiplied byfour by three equals twelve
- (in habitual sentences) during the passing of (esp in the phrases by day, by night)
- placed between measurements of the various dimensions of somethinga plank fourteen inches by seven
- nearthe house is close by
- away; asidehe put some money by each week for savings
- passing a point near something; pasthe drove by
- Scot past; over and done withthat's a' by now
- Scot aside; behind oneyou must put that by you
- a variant spelling of bye 1
Word Origin and History for bye
in sporting use, a variant of by (prep). Originally in cricket, "a run scored on a ball that is missed by the wicket-keeper" (1746); later, in other sports, "position of one who is left without a competitor when the rest have drawn pairs" (1883), originally in lawn-tennis.
shortened form of good-bye. Reduplication bye-bye is recorded from 1709, though as a sound used to lull a child to sleep it is attested from 1630s.
Old English be- (unstressed) or bi (stressed) "near, in, by, during, about," from Proto-Germanic *bi "around, about" (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian bi "by near," Middle Dutch bie, Dutch bij, German bei "by, at, near," Gothic bi "about"), from *umbi (cognate with second element in PIE *ambhi "around," cf. Sanskrit abhi "toward, to," Greek amphi- "around, about;" see ambi-).
Originally an adverbial particle of place, in which sense it is retained in place names (Whitby, Grimsby, etc.). Elliptical use for "secondary course" (opposed to main; e.g. byway, also cf. by-blow "illegitimate child," 1590s) was in Old English. This also is the sense of the second by in the phrase by the by (1610s). By the way literally means "in passing by" (mid-14c.); used figuratively to introduce a tangential observation by 1540s.
Phrase by and by (early 14c.) originally meant "one by one," modern sense is from 1520s. By and large (1660s) originally was nautical, "sailing to the wind and off it," hence "in one direction then another."