1 a road passing around a town or its center to provide an alternative route for through traffic.
2 a secondary channel, pipe, or connection to allow a flow when the main one is closed or blocked.
3 the alternative channel created during a bypass operation.
• a surgical operation in which an alternative channel is created, especially to improve blood flow to the heart when a coronary artery is blocked: my granddad is well into his eighties and had a bypass | [as modifier] : he's just had a triple bypass operation.
verb [with object]
go past or around: bypass the farm and continue to the road.
• provide (a town) with a route diverting traffic from its center: the town has been bypassed.
• avoid or circumvent (an obstacle or problem): a manager might bypass formal channels of communication.
follow the signs for the bypass: DETOUR, alternate route, alternative route, diversion, shortcut.
1 bypass the farm: GO AROUND, go past, make a detour around; avoid.
2 an attempt to bypass the problem: AVOID, evade, dodge, escape, elude, circumvent, get around, shortcut around, skirt, sidestep, steer clear of; informal duck.
3 they bypassed the regulations: IGNORE, pass over, neglect, go over the head of; informal short-circuit.
attractively unusual or old-fashioned: quaint country cottages | a quaint old custom.
1 a quaint town: PICTURESQUE, charming, sweet, attractive, old-fashioned, old-world, cunning; pseudoarchaic olde, olde worlde. ANTONYMS ugly, modern.
2 quaint customs: UNUSUAL, different, out of the ordinary, curious, eccentric, quirky, bizarre, whimsical, unconventional; informal offbeat. ANTONYMS normal, ordinary.
quaintness /kweɪntnəs/ noun
Middle English: from Old French cointe, from Latin cognitus ‘ascertained’, past participle of cognoscere. The original sense was ‘wise, clever’, also ‘ingenious, cunningly devised’, hence ‘out of the ordinary’ and the current sense (late 18th century).