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Is “By” a Scrabble Word?

Yes By is valid in Scrabble for 7 points

“By” is an acceptable word within the Scrabble dictionary that is legal to play in games. By is worth a total of 7 points when played in Scrabble.

Definition of By


  • A flying insect, of the clade Anthophila within the hymenopteran superfamily Apoidea, known for its organised societies (though only a minority have them), for collecting pollen and (in some species) producing wax and honey.


  • A contest, especially for spelling; see spelling bee.
  • A community gathering to share labour, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.


  • A ring or torque; a bracelet.


  • The name of the Latin-script letter B.


  • (usually in the plural) Any of the pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through.


  • Out of the way, subsidiary.


  • Along a path which runs past the speaker.
  • In the vicinity, near.
  • To or at a place, as a residence or place of business.


  • Near or next to.
  • From one side of something to the other, passing close by; past.
  • Not later than (the given time); not later than the end of (the given time interval).


  • The position of a person or team in a tournament or competition who draws no opponent in a particular round so advances to the next round unopposed, or is awarded points for a win in a league table; also the phantom opponent of such a person or team.
  • An extra scored when the batsmen take runs after the ball has passed the striker without hitting either the bat or the batsman.
  • A dwelling.


  • Goodbye.

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How Many Points is By Worth?

By is a 2-letter word made up of the letter tiles B: 3, Y: 4. Its points breakdown is as follows:

  • With no multipliers, By is worth 7 points.
  • On a double-word square, By is worth 14 points.
  • On a triple-word square, By is worth 21 points.

Single Letter Extensions of “By”

Potential ways to expand “By” using a single letter include:

Words With “BY”

Words containing “BY” at the start, middle, or end include:

See our full list of words with “BY” for more suggestions.

More 2 Letter B Words

2-Letter B words which you could play in Scrabble as an alternative to By:

Check out our list of all 2 letter words with B.

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This word page takes a deep dive into the word “By” in the context of Scrabble to discuss if it is valid, its points score, definition, extensions, similar words, and more.

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Category: Scrabble Words

Last updated: 19 April 2023

Author: Stephen

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