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See also: by, BY, by., -by, .by, b'y, and

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English by (town), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse bȳr (dwelling, town), from Proto-Germanic *būwiz (dwelling), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (to dwell). Cognate with Danish by (town). More at bower.

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by-

  1. (now mostly non-productive) town or city
    bylaw

Etymology 2Edit

Partly from a combining form of by (by, near, around), and partly continuing Middle English bi-, by-, from Old English bī- (by, near, around), from Proto-Germanic *bi (near), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁epi (on, by, near).

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by-

  1. nearness or roundaboutness
    bystander, bypass
  2. secondary, incidental, or parallel to
    by-product, byform, by-path

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