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From Middle English bywey, equivalent to by- +‎ way.



byway (plural byways)

  1. a road or track not following a main route; a minor road or path.
  2. a road that is not frequently travelled.
  3. (by extension) a little-known or arcane field of study or detail.
    • 2013 September 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], page R29:
      Though his account of written communication over the past 5,000 years necessarily has a powerful forward momentum, his diversions down the fascinating byways of the subject are irresistible ...

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