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  1. an incidental or accidental blow.
  2. Also bye-blow. an illegitimate child; bastard.
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Origin of by-blow

First recorded in 1585–95; by- + blow1
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Related Words

bastard, by-blow, whoreson, bastardy

Examples from the Web for byblow

Historical Examples

  • He did not dare ask Charity for a divorce in order that he might legitimize this byblow of his.

    We Can't Have Everything

    Rupert Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for byblow


  1. a passing or incidental blow
  2. an archaic word for a bastard
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