1 of 2


: a future time or occasion

by and by

2 of 2


Examples of by-and-by in a Sentence

Adverb we'll get under way by and by
Recent Examples on the Web
The character giving that agonizing scream on the dragon, by and by, is Lady Baela Targaryen (Bethany Antonia). James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Dec. 2023 But nemesis haunts every heroic age and, by and by, this good court would succumb to the corrupting influence of lesser men. Ian MacDougall, Harper's Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 Those numbers are going to get better, by and by. Byron McCauley, The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2020 The red oak leaves were staying put, by and by, of course. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 The previous GoT prequel project starring Naomi Watts, by and by, shot a pilot in Northern Ireland before HBO decided not to move forward with that one. James Hibberd,, 14 Oct. 2020 But by and by he allows himself to be coaxed into the fold. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, 24 May 2018 Robert Frost would not gaze off into the snowy world, telling this tale with a sigh, by and by, not yet. Mary O’Connell , Longreads, 18 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1591, in the meaning defined above


1526, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of by-and-by was in 1526

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“By-and-by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a future time or occasion

by and by

2 of 2 adverb
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