goodbye

   The word evolved in the 16th century as a contraction of God be with ye. God became good by association with similar parting phrases, such as good day and good night.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Goodbye — Goodbye, from Late Middle English Godbwye/God.b.w.ye, from the Middle English phrase God be with ye, meaning God Be With You, is a traditional parting phrase in the English language. [cite web |url=http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=good… …   Wikipedia

  • Goodbye — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Goodbye Single por Spice Girls del álbum Forever Lanzado 14 de diciembre …   Wikipedia Español

  • Goodbye — Studioalbum von Cream Veröffentlichung März 1969 Aufnahme Oktober 1968 Label …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • goodbye — or e [good΄bī′] interj., n. pl. goodbyes 〚contr. of God be with ye〛 farewell: the interj. is used at parting: also sp. goodby or good by * * * good·bye or …   Universalium

  • goodbye — (US also goodby) ► EXCLAMATION ▪ used to express good wishes when parting or ending a conversation. ► NOUN (pl. goodbyes; US also goodbys) ▪ an instance of saying ‘goodbye’; a parting. ORIGIN contraction of God be with you! …   English terms dictionary

  • goodbye — is spelt as one word and (as a noun) has the plural form goodbyes. The AmE variant good by has the plural form good bys …   Modern English usage

  • goodbye — [n] farewell statement adieu, adios, bye bye, cheerio, ciao, godspeed*, leave taking, parting, so long*, swan song*, toodle oo*; concepts 195,278 Ant. hello …   New thesaurus

  • goodbye — or e [good΄bī′] interj., n. pl. goodbyes [contr. of God be with ye] farewell: the interj. is used at parting: also sp. goodby or good by …   English World dictionary

  • goodbye */ — I UK [ˌɡʊdˈbaɪ] / US [ɡʊdˈbaɪ] interjection Ways of saying goodbye: Bye → the most common way of saying goodbye to a friend or someone you know well Cheerio/Cheers → an informal way of saying goodbye See you (later)/Catch you later → an informal… …   English dictionary

  • goodbye — [[t]g ʊdba͟ɪ[/t]] goodbyes also good bye 1) CONVENTION (formulae) You say Goodbye to someone when you or they are leaving, or at the end of a telephone conversation. 2) N COUNT: usu supp N When you say your goodbyes, you say something such as… …   English dictionary

  • goodbye — good|bye1 [ gud baı ] interjection * used when you are leaving someone or when someone is leaving you, or when you are finishing a telephone call. Bye is a more informal word and is a more common way of saying goodbye to a friend or to someone… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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