- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for by the 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.
Idioms and Phrases with by the bye
by the bye
Also, by the by. Incidentally, in passing, as in By the bye, my wife is coming too, or Exactly where do you live, by the by? The bye or second by in this term originally meant “a side path,” whence the current sense of “off the track” or “of secondary importance.” [Early 1500s] Also see by the way.