Definitions for bywordˈbaɪˌwɜrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a word or phrase associated with some person or thing.

  2. a common saying; proverb.

  3. a person regarded as the embodiment of a particular quality.

  4. an object of reproach or scorn.

  5. an epithet.

Origin of byword:

bef. 1050; ME; OE biwyrde. See by1 (adj.), word

Princeton's WordNet

  1. proverb, adage, saw, byword(noun)

    a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people


  1. byword(Noun)

    a proverb or proverbial expression, common saying; a frequently used word or phrase

  2. byword(Noun)

    a person who, or a thing that represents something with specified characteristics, byspel

  3. byword(Noun)

    an object of notoriety or interest

  4. byword(Noun)

    a nickname or epithet

  5. byword(Noun)

    an object of scorn or derision

  6. Origin: From byworde, from biword, biwyrde, from bi- + word; probably a translation of proverbium. Compare also piwurti, bispel, bicwide. More at byspel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Byword(noun)

    a common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency

  2. Byword(noun)

    the object of a contemptuous saying


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