or by·path

[bahy-path, -pahth]

noun, plural by-paths [bahy-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈbaɪˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/.

a private path or an indirect or secondary course or means; byway.

Origin of by-path

1325–75; Middle English bi path. See by1 (adj.), path Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for by-path

Historical Examples of by-path

  • They must needs have each a by-path of their own, and cry out against all who will not follow it.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They felt that danger lurked for them in some by-path, and would seize them and do them hurt.

  • A little further he turned sharply into a by-path and alighted.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter

  • Most of the travellers believed the witch and turned into the by-path.

  • "Run," said the king; and, following a by-path, they ran across the grass.

    Ten Years Later

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere