Idioms

    buy it, Slang. to get killed: He bought it at Dunkirk.

Origin of buy

before 1000; Middle English byen, variant of byggen, buggen, Old English bycgan; cognate with Old Saxon buggjan, Gothic bugjan to buy, Old Norse byggja to lend, rent
Related forms
Can be confusedbuy by bye

Synonym study

1. Buy, purchase imply obtaining or acquiring property or goods for a price. Buy is the common and informal word, applying to any such transaction: to buy a house, vegetables at the market. Purchase is more formal and may connote buying on a larger scale, in a finer store, and the like: to purchase a year's supplies.
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Examples from the Web for buyable

  • These lands are said to be marketable (buyable) at about ten dollars (Mexican) per acre, say four dollars in United States money.

    On the Mexican Highlands|William Seymour Edwards
  • We buy what is saleable of it; nothing more was ever buyable.

    Past and Present|Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for buyable

buy

/ (baɪ) /

verb buys, buying or bought (mainly tr)

noun

a purchase (often in the phrases good or bad buy)

Word Origin for buy

Old English bycgan; related to Old Norse byggja to let out, lend, Gothic bugjan to buy

usage

The use of off after buy as in I bought this off my neighbour was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable in informal contexts
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