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Etymology edit

From by and by.

Noun edit

byembye (plural not attested)

  1. (dated, dialect) by and by

Adverb edit

byembye (not comparable)

  1. (dated, dialect) by and by
    • 1904 February, J[ohn?] N[esmith?] Greely, “As to Contentment”, in The Yale literary magazine, Herrick & Noyes, page 205:
      We wuz in harbor one day, in some islan's some'eres or uther way off some'eres, an' they wuz workin' us like dogs agittin' the cargo in. An' I got tired mos' ter death, an' I sneaked off inter the cutter they had tied ter the stern, an' went ter sleep. Well byembye I hears an awful racket, an' there wuz the Cap'n, acussin' somethin' awful as he pulled me in.
    • 1917, Percival Christopher Wren, The Young Stagers[1], Longmans, Green and co., page 44:
      "Yore a soight fer sore heyes," quoth he.
      "Have you got sore eyes, Bobball? I am sorry. You ought to go to the chemist, and "
      "No, Missy. I'll go to the Canteen an' wash away all sech sorrers, byembye. Better'n the chimist," interrupted Bobball.
    • c. 1918, Denis Norman Garsten, “The Runaway”, in The Shilling Soldier[2], Hodder and Stoughten, page 55:
      "Then this ain't no place for you," remarked Private Piggott. "They'll be 'aving a shot at us byembye, then you'll catch it again. What d'yer come 'ere for?"