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 History of this Word

"by" is from "b" spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, this is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"by-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "near", "secondary", or "past" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

by- illustration Was he really an innocent bystander?
by- illustration I took a pleasant byroad which follows the coast.