by-blow

[bahy-bloh]

noun

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

Origin of by-blow

First recorded in 1585–95; by- + blow1
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Examples from the Web for byblow

Historical Examples of byblow

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



British Dictionary definitions for byblow

by-blow

noun

a passing or incidental blow
an archaic word for a bastard
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