- Sports. in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round: The top three seeded players received byes in the first round.
- Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
- Cricket. a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
- something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
- by the bye, by the way; incidentally: By the bye, how do you spell your name?Also by the by.
Origin of bye1
- sport the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent
- golf one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided
- cricket a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsmanSee also leg bye
- something incidental or secondary
- by the bye incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
Word Origin for bye
- British informal goodbye
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.