noun Also by.
Origin of bye1
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Examples from the Web for bye
Contemporary Examples of bye
The bye bye is being sung, incidentally, by mothers to their babies condemned to death by King Herod.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
I never knew how long he would last before he said, “Okay, bye.”A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters
September 24, 2014
The year before that, West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie were huge sellers.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America
January 29, 2014
He was alone, wrapped at six in the morning, and the rest of us had wrapped earlier and were like, “Well, bye, goodnight!”Alison Brie on ‘Community’s’ New Beginning, Dan Harmon’s Return, Nicolas Cage, and More
January 3, 2014
To quote my spirit animal, Merritt Wever, “I gotta go, bye.”The Crazy Emmy Awards 2013: Wild Upsets, Odd Hosting & More (VIDEO)
September 23, 2013
Historical Examples of bye
Bye and bye the eyes closed, and still clinging to the post, she slept.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
It's the only comfort I have, and I'll get all the rest I want by and bye.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
By the bye, it has just occurred to me that the Fourth of July is properly a show.
Bye knew the place well and the significance of the sound he heard.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
The manufacture of lead-pencils, by the bye, is a very interesting subject.The Story of a Tinder-box
Charles Meymott Tidy
Word Origin for bye
noun plural byes
Word Origin for by
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in sporting use, a variant of by (prep). Originally in cricket, "a run scored on a ball that is missed by the wicket-keeper" (1746); later, in other sports, "position of one who is left without a competitor when the rest have drawn pairs" (1883), originally in lawn-tennis.
shortened form of good-bye. Reduplication bye-bye is recorded from 1709, though as a sound used to lull a child to sleep it is attested from 1630s.
Old English be- (unstressed) or bi (stressed) "near, in, by, during, about," from Proto-Germanic *bi "around, about" (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian bi "by near," Middle Dutch bie, Dutch bij, German bei "by, at, near," Gothic bi "about"), from *umbi (cognate with second element in PIE *ambhi "around," cf. Sanskrit abhi "toward, to," Greek amphi- "around, about;" see ambi-).
Originally an adverbial particle of place, in which sense it is retained in place names (Whitby, Grimsby, etc.). Elliptical use for "secondary course" (opposed to main; e.g. byway, also cf. by-blow "illegitimate child," 1590s) was in Old English. This also is the sense of the second by in the phrase by the by (1610s). By the way literally means "in passing by" (mid-14c.); used figuratively to introduce a tangential observation by 1540s.
Phrase by and by (early 14c.) originally meant "one by one," modern sense is from 1520s. By and large (1660s) originally was nautical, "sailing to the wind and off it," hence "in one direction then another."