Definition of goodbye in English:


Line breaks: good|bye
Pronunciation: /gʊdˈbʌɪ
(US also goodby)


noun (plural goodbyes; US also goodbys)

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  • An instance of saying ‘goodbye’; a parting: we said our goodbyes and set off
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    • Saying what are likely to be final goodbyes is something else again.
    • With a sudden jerk the we move forward, a few tears are shed, hands wave final goodbyes in a mad frenzy.
    • The couple went to the airport where they said their final heartbreaking goodbyes to each other.


late 16th century: contraction of God be with you!, with good substituted on the pattern of phrases such as good morning.

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