Definitions for bywordˈbaɪˌwɜrd
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word byword
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a word or phrase associated with some person or thing.
a common saying; proverb.
a person regarded as the embodiment of a particular quality.
an object of reproach or scorn.
Origin of byword:
bef. 1050; ME; OE biwyrde. See by1 (adj.), word
proverb, adage, saw, byword(noun)
a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
a proverb or proverbial expression, common saying; a frequently used word or phrase
a person who, or a thing that represents something with specified characteristics, byspel
an object of notoriety or interest
a nickname or epithet
an object of scorn or derision
Origin: From byworde, from biword, biwyrde, from bi- + word; probably a translation of proverbium. Compare also piwurti, bispel, bicwide. More at byspel.
a common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency
the object of a contemptuous saying
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