Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A side-road; a cross-road; a road different from the usual or main highway.
  • noun A private or secret way; a private means to an end: as, “slippery by-roads,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A private or obscure road.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A road less frequented than a highway; a byway.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)

Etymologies

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From by- +‎ road.

Examples

  • One is taking a stroll down a critterly byroad and another isspeculating about the evolution of the gnome-phobic, fantasy-avoiding editor.

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  • One is taking a stroll down a critterly byroad and another isspeculating about the evolution of the gnome-phobic, fantasy-avoiding editor.

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  • At first I think somewhat strange, but soon I see that there be only one such byroad.

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  • "Bring him back!" ordered Hugh, and his officers swung willingly into the byroad, and spurred into a gallop after the fugitive.

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  • "Watch the horses!" screeches a woman in a leather skirt as the two boys run along the rough stones of the byroad.

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  • Without further parley I left him, and set off along the byroad, scarce giving a glance to the poor dog limping painfully towards the inn.

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  • I saw wheel tracks to the right, crossed by similar tracks back again to the road, and I guessed that the postilion had intended to drive his horses down the byroad, but having found it too rough or too narrow had been compelled to return, even at the cost of loss of time in backing.

    Humphrey Bold A Story of the Times of Benbow

  • I told him my suspicions in quick, breathless gasps, and bade him send to Mr. Allardyce for assistance, and to follow me, if he could, along the byroad to Deuxhill.

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  • The Signal Section went astray and remained silently on a byroad while their officer reconnoitred.

    Adventures of a Despatch Rider

  • Returning I was forced into a byroad by the column, lost my way, took the wrong road out of the town, but managed in about a couple of hours to pick up the Signal Co., which by this time had reached the Chateau at

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