noun Also by.
Origin of bye1
Origin of by2
Examples from the Web for bye
The bye bye is being sung, incidentally, by mothers to their babies condemned to death by King Herod.
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|Scott Porch|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The year before that, West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie were huge sellers.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America|Michael Tomasky|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|January 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To quote my spirit animal, Merritt Wever, “I gotta go, bye.”The Crazy Emmy Awards 2013: Wild Upsets, Odd Hosting & More (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No words can do justice to her beauty, though, by the bye, he must have contemplated her through the back of his head!'Beechcroft at Rockstone|Charlotte M. Yonge
The sin lies in the inclination (by the bye, I think that's half a mistake).Records of a Girlhood|Frances Ann Kemble
So he went back on his track and by and bye came to the tree in which Ledha was hiding.Folklore of the Santal Parganas|Cecil Henry Bompas
Only time to learn the letters that we shall spell hereafter—to form the strokes and loops wherewith we shall write by and bye.It Might Have Been|Emily Sarah Holt
There had always been trouble in collecting the rates on bye and cross post letters.The History of the British Post Office|Joseph Clarence Hemmeon
Word Origin for bye
noun plural byes
Word Origin for by
the internet domain name for
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."