See also: good-bye and good bye

English Edit

Alternative forms Edit

Etymology Edit

From earlier goodby, Godby, Godby'e, Godbwye, God b'w'y, God bwy yee, God buy you, God be wi' you, each a progressively shorter contraction of "God be with ye" or "God be with you". Note the change of God to good by confusion with good morning, good day, etc.

Pronunciation Edit

Interjection Edit


  1. Farewell; a formula used to another person or persons when the speaker, writer, or person addressed is departing.

Synonyms Edit

Hypernyms Edit

Hyponyms Edit

Derived terms Edit

Related terms Edit

Descendants Edit

  • Japanese: グッドバイ (guddobai), グッバイ (gubbai)
  • Afrikaans: koebaai (informal), baai (informal)

Translations Edit

See also Edit

Noun Edit

goodbye (plural goodbyes)

  1. An utterance of goodbye, the wishing of farewell to someone.
    They made their good-byes.
    We have time for a short goodbye.

Translations Edit

Verb Edit

goodbye (third-person singular simple present goodbyes, present participle goodbying or goodbyeing, simple past and past participle goodbyed)

  1. To say goodbye; to wish somebody farewell on parting.