bye-bye

[ interjection bahy-bahy; noun, adverb bahy-bahy ]
/ interjection ˈbaɪˈbaɪ; noun, adverb ˈbaɪˌbaɪ /
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interjection

Informal. goodbye.

noun

Baby Talk. sleep.

Nearby words

  1. byde,
  2. bydgoszcz,
  3. bye,
  4. bye-,
  5. bye-blow,
  6. bye-byes,
  7. byelaw,
  8. byelgorod-dnestrovski,
  9. byelorussia,
  10. byelorussian

Idioms

    go bye-bye, Baby Talk.
    1. to leave; depart; go out.
    2. 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-byes

  • Upstairs, the little girl devoted a few minutes to instructing her dolly in the art of going off nicely to bye-byes.



British Dictionary definitions for bye-byes

bye-byes

noun

(functioning as singular) an informal word, used esp to children, for sleep go to bye-byes
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