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Meaning of bye by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /baɪ/
    • Rhymes: -aɪ
    • Homophone: bi, buy, by

    Etymology 1

    Variant form of by, from Old English bī ( being near ) .


    bye ( plural: byes )

    1. ( sports ) The position of a person or team in a tournament or competition who draws no opponent in a particular round so advances to the next round unopposed, or is awarded points for a win in a league table; also the phantom opponent of such a person or team .
      Craig's Crew plays the bye next week .
    2. ( cricket ) An extra scored when the batsmen take runs after the ball has passed the striker without hitting either the bat or the batsman .
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    Etymology 2

    Shortened form of goodbye .



    1. ( colloquial ) Goodbye .
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    Etymology 3

    Alternative forms .



    1. Obsolete spelling of by .



    1. Obsolete spelling of bee .



    By Wiktionary ( 2010/10/01 20:56 UTC Version )


    Abbreviation of goodbye .



    1. ( informal ) Goodbye: used when the speaker or addressee is departing .


    • bey,

Explanation of bye by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a farewell remark

    2. they said their good-byes
    3. you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent

    4. he had a bye in the first round

    Definition of bye by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bye ( bī ), n.
      1. A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the bye, i. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication. [Obs. except in the phrase by the bye.]

      The Synod of Dort condemneth upon the bye even the discipline of the Church of England. Fuller.

      2. ( Cricket ) A run made upon a missed ball; as, “to steal a bye”. T. Hughes.

      3. In various sports in which the contestants are drawn in pairs, the position or turn of one left with no opponent in consequence of an odd number being engaged; as, “to draw a bye in a round of a tennis tournament”.

      4. ( Golf ) The hole or holes of a stipulated course remaining unplayed at the end of a match.

      By the bye, in passing; by way of digression; apropos to the matter in hand. [Written also by the by.]

    2. Bye ( bī ) n. [AS. bȳ; cf. Icel. bygð dwelling, byggja, būa, to dwell √97.]
      1. A dwelling. Gibson.

      2. In certain games, a station or place of an individual player. Emerson.