by-blow

noun
\ ˈbī-ˌblō How to pronounce by-blow (audio) \
plural by-blows

Definition of by-blow

1 : an indirect blow
2 : an illegitimate (see illegitimate sense 1) child … Aubrey noted that Shakespeare … had bedded down at the Crown Tavern in Oxford; that the innkeeper's wife was a very beautiful and witty woman; and that her poet son boasted of being Shakespeare's by-blow.— S. Schoenbaum … and now, after over twenty years of bachelorhood, Travis has suddenly discovered he has a daughter of seventeen, a by-blow from an earlier case.— Charles Nicol

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First Known Use of by-blow

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“By-blow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by-blow. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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