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  • Prefix originally denoting a town or city
  • Prefix denoting nearness
  • Prefix meaning secondary, incidental, or parallel to


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From Middle English by ("town"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse bȳr ("dwelling, town"), from Proto-Germanic *būwiz (“dwelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhōw- (“to dwell”). Cognate with Danish by ("town"). More at bower.

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Partly from a combining form of by ("by, near, around"), and partly continuing Middle English bi-, by-, from Old English bī- ("by, near, around"), from Proto-Germanic *bi (“near”), from Proto-Indo-European *obhi, *ebhi (“by”).


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