or good-bye

[goo d-bahy]


farewell (a conventional expression used at parting).

noun, plural good·byes.

a farewell.

Origin of goodbye

First recorded in 1565–75; contraction of God be with ye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for good-bye

Contemporary Examples of good-bye

Historical Examples of good-bye

  • When she got out of the car, she bade him good-night and good-bye.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • They would have a holiday together, and then they would say good-bye.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Will you tell him, Dr. Edwardes, when he is conscious, that I came in and said good-bye?


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Good-bye, Sir; I hope soon to have the pleasure of seeing you again.

  • So they said good-bye to Katy and rolled past Eileen's room on the way to the desert.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

British Dictionary definitions for good-bye


sentence substitute

farewell: a conventional expression used at leave-taking or parting with people and at the loss or rejection of things or ideas


a leave-taking; partingthey prolonged their goodbyes for a few more minutes
a farewellthey said goodbyes to each other

Word Origin for goodbye

C16: contraction of God be with ye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for good-bye

also goodbye, good bye, good-by, 1590s, from godbwye (1570s), itself a contraction of God be with ye (late 14c.), influenced by good day, good evening, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper