[interjection bahy-bahy; noun, adverb bahy-bahy]
- Informal. goodbye.
- Baby Talk. sleep.
- go bye-bye, Baby Talk.
- to leave; depart; go out.
- to go to sleep; go to bed.
Origin of bye-bye
1700–10; apparently orig. nursery phrase used to lull a child to sleep, later construed as reduplicative form of bye, short for goodbye
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Examples from the Web for bye-bye
From mochaccino to Mary Jane, from jitter juice to joint, from java to ganja, say bye-bye barista, hello pot-ista.Criminalize Coffee, Not Cannabis
December 16, 2010
He liked better to be among the big people on the Bye-bye Meadow.The Book of Stories for the Storyteller
Fanny E. Coe
Then she went on, saying: "Well, bye-bye until next Sunday!"Original Short Stories of Maupassant, Volume 1
Guy de Maupassant
The field guns had gone to bye-bye, the Heavies had gone elsewhere.
More than once she had left him with a laconic "Bye-bye," and he had spent a miserable evening before an unsympathetic fire.The White Shield
Prompted by Nanna, Jack screamed out: "Bye-bye, mummy; come back happy."The Little Missis