- (in bridge and other bidding card games) a declaration that the speaker is passing.
- (in poker) a declaration that the speaker is checking: Is my pair of tens still high? By me.
adjective Also bye.
noun, plural byes.
Origin of by1
noun Also by.
Origin of bye1
Examples from the Web for byes
Historical Examples of byes
The byes and mesilf had the idea that they bought out your claim.Klondike Nuggets
E. S. Ellis
Sure an we are the byes phwat can do thot work, all roight, Dick, said Tim.The Dare Boys with General Greene
Stephen Angus Cox
"That is the only darrk spot to the picture, me byes," returned the trapper, with a sigh.The Pioneer Boys of the Ohio
"Now you byes go up to the house and go to bed," ordered Mike.The Golden Boys and Their New Electric Cell
L. P. Wyman
Dont be worrying, byes; Ill recognize ye the same as before.The Boy Patrol on Guard
Edward S. Ellis
noun plural byes
Word Origin for by
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Word Origin for bye
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."
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.