an incidental or accidental blow.
Also bye-blow. an illegitimate child; bastard.

Nearby words

  1. by weight,
  2. by word of mouth,
  3. by-,
  4. by-and-by,
  5. by-bidder,
  6. by-catch,
  7. by-election,
  8. by-form,
  9. by-line,
  10. by-name

Origin of by-blow

First recorded in 1585–95; by- + blow1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for by-blow

  • Nature had meant him for a butcher, but, being a by-blow of a great house, a discerning patron had diverted him bishopward.

    The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
  • Tush, a by-blow for mirth, we must have better purchase, we want a fourth for another project that I have ripen'd.

British Dictionary definitions for by-blow



a passing or incidental blow
an archaic word for a bastard
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