goodbye

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From earlier 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 you. Note the change of God to good by confusion with good morning, good day, etc.

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goodbye

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

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goodbye (plural goodbyes)

  1. An utterance of goodbye, the wishing of farewell to someone.
    John gave Rebecca a goodbye to wish her luck on her holiday.

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

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