bye

1
[ bahy ]
/ baɪ /

noun Also by.

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.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. byatt,
  2. byatt, a. s.,
  3. byblos,
  4. byde,
  5. bydgoszcz,
  6. bye-,
  7. bye-blow,
  8. bye-bye,
  9. bye-byes,
  10. byelaw

Idioms

    by the bye, by the way; incidentally: By the bye, how do you spell your name?Also by the by.

Origin of bye

1
1710–20; variant spelling of by1 in its noun sense “side way”

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British Dictionary definitions for by the bye

bye

1
/ (baɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for bye

C16: a variant of by

bye

2

bye-bye

sentence substitute

British informal goodbye
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Word Origin and History for by the bye
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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.

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