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noun, plural (especially collectively) go·by, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) go·bies.
  1. any small marine or freshwater fish of the family Gobiidae, often having the pelvic fins united to form a suctorial disk.
  2. any fish of the closely related family Eleotridae, having the pelvic fins separate.
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Origin of goby

1760–70; < Latin gōbius gudgeon (spelling variant of gōbiō or cōbius) < Greek kōbiós


noun Informal.
  1. a going by without notice; an intentional passing by; snub: to give one the go-by.
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Origin of go-by

First recorded in 1605–15; noun use of verb phrase go by
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rejection, snub, rebuke, reprimand, repulse, cut, slight, refusal, insult, nix, denial, opposition, defeat, turndown, discouragement, check, go-by

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noun plural -by or -bies
  1. any small spiny-finned fish of the family Gobiidae, of coastal or brackish waters, having a large head, an elongated tapering body, and the ventral fins modified as a sucker
  2. any other gobioid fish
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Word Origin for goby

C18: from Latin gōbius gudgeon, fish of little value, from Greek kōbios


  1. slang a deliberate snub or slight (esp in the phrase give (a person) the go-by)
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Word Origin and History for goby


kind of fish, 1769, from Latin gobius, from Greek gobios, name of a type of small fish, of unknown origin.

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