Goodbyes are not always sweet. It can be quite difficult to find the right words or the right ways to say goodbye especially if the departure is for an extended period of time. However, saying goodbye does not always have to be heartbreaking or painful because there are other different and funny ways of saying goodbye that can ease the painful burden of parting.
Bidding farewell to your family, spouse, lover, friend, co-worker, or acquaintance can sometimes be an inconvenience especially when the word “goodbye” is not your preferred way of parting. In this article, we have curated several different ways to say goodbye that will serve any purpose or situation, because saying Goodbye should not always be painful and sad, rather, you can be able to put create smiles when parting.
Different Ways to Say Goodbye
If you want to bid farewell without actually saying the word “Goodbye”, especially for formal occasions, acquaintances, and people you are just meeting, here are some examples of different ways to say it.
1. See you soon
This is one of the most popular ways to say goodbye, especially for a person or people who are still going to bump into or see each other again.
2. Till we meet again
If you are parting with someone and you are not so sure if you will get to see them anytime soon, you can say till we meet again.
3. I’ll catch up with you later
If you are only parting with a friend, schoolmate, or colleague for a few hours and will meet up with them later, then you can say that you will catch up with them later instead of saying goodbye.
4. It was nice meeting you
For people who just met and are parting ways, this is one of the most appropriate ways to say goodbye especially if they had a good time having conversations. For example, if you attended a party and you are about to leave, you can tell your fellow party-goers that it was nice meeting them.
5. Don’t be a stranger
If you meet someone new and you would like them to keep in touch and not just disappear, instead of saying goodbye, you can use “Don’t be a stranger”
6. Until next time
School teachers regularly use this phrase to say goodbye to their students. This is a simple way to part ways, especially for a person you see regularly.
7. Fare Thee well
This is a very old-fashioned manner of saying goodbye. Fare Thee well was popularly used in the 19th/20th centuries. If you want to part in a classical manner, then this is a good choice. It’s also suitable for a person going on a trip.
This is a very informal way of parting especially if goodbye seems to long, a simple and short “bye” will do just fine.
9. Take care of yourself
This is a reassuring way of parting because you are also showing care.
10. Until tomorrow
This is a very simple way of saying goodbye plus this is also appropriate for co-workers or people who are sure to meet each other the next day.
11. See you next time
Use this when you are sure that you will see the person again. This works for work colleagues or classmates.
For an old-fashioned and British way of bidding farewell, Cheerio will come in handy as well as lighten up the mood.
13. Let me take a bow
If you want to say goodbye in a lighthearted manner, you can simply say “let me take a bow”
14. I’ll be right back
If you are only leaving for a very short while and you want the other person to wait for you, tell them that you will be right back instead of saying goodbye.
Another way of saying goodbye is the Ciao! Ciao is a very popular but informal Italian/French way to bid farewell.
16. Have a lovely day
This is a very formal and polite way of saying goodbye. Suitable for all formal occasions like work meetings.
This is a rather finalizing way of saying goodbye. It is usually used in the event of death.
This is another way of bidding farewell but should only be used in the late evenings. It is also important to know that other greetings like good morning, good afternoon, good evening, or good day, cannot be used to say goodbye. It is only Good night that can be used to bid farewell.
19. I look forward to our next meeting
This is a very formal way of saying goodbye. It can be used in formal situations like business or work meetings.
This is also another way of marking departure or saying goodbye.
Sweet Ways to Say Goodbye
Parting with your loved ones can be painful but there are ways to ease the pain and the burden of saying goodbye. Here are some sweet ways to bid your loved one farewell.
1. I wish I didn’t have to go
If you have spent some time with your loved one which includes a relative or a lover, parting can be quite painful for both parties. You can reassure them that you are not exactly happy that you are leaving their presence by saying—I wish I didn’t have to go.
2. I can’t wait to see you again
Parting isn’t so painful when there is hope of meeting again. Remind your loved one that you cannot wait for the next time that you will get to see them again instead of saying goodbye.
3. I already miss you
If your lover or spouse is going somewhere without you, or you are the one going somewhere without them, you can reassure them that you already miss them and you cannot wait to be reunited soon enough.
4. I am only leaving to come back soon
If your lover or spouse is complaining about parting, you can remind them that you are only leaving so that you return to them as soon as possible. Especially if you are leaving for something very important.
5. I am keeping a part of me with you
Out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind, if you are parting with your lover or spouse, instead of saying goodbye, assure them that a part of you is still with them.
6. I’ll be counting the seconds until I see you again
Anticipating seeing your loved one again helps handle the time spent apart. This is a sweet way of reminding your spouse/lover that you can’t wait to be with them again.
7. Blow them a kiss
Kisses are better than saying goodbye. A cute sweet way of parting with your loved one is to give them a kiss.
8. You will always be in my heart
If you are parting for a long time with your lover or spouse, saying goodbye is not appropriate, rather, assure them that they will always be in your heart.
9. I’ll always find my way back to you
This is another very sweet way of saying goodbye if you are parting with your loved one. Remind your lover or spouse that no matter the physical separation, you will always come back to them.
10. It breaks my heart to see you go
If your lover or spouse is going on a trip and you both would be apart for a while, this is a sweet way of telling them that you are not looking forward to their absence.
Funny Ways to Say Goodbye
Spending time with our friends can be fun and interesting and that is why, saying goodbye to friends shouldn’t be gloomy at all, rather parting with your friends should be Hilarious and the farewells should be loaded with humor. Here are some fun ways to say goodbye to your friends and make them laugh.
1. I’ll smell you later
This is a funnier way of saying catch you later or see you later. Friends tease each other all the time even when saying goodbye.
2. I’ll see you in the future
If you want to sound hilariously serious as you part ways with your friends, you can tell them that you will see them in the future.
3. In case I don’t get to see you soon enough, good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and a happy new year!
This is also a funny way of parting with your friends when you are not very sure of the next time you will get to see them again.
4. Alright, give me some space
This is a sarcastic way of bidding your friend/friends farewell especially if they spent the whole day hanging out at your place.
5. So long Cracker!
This is a funny way to end a conversation with your friends and then part ways. It can also be used over a phone conversation.
6. Begone from me
For a more hilariously dramatic appeal, this works very well, after all saying goodbye to your friends should not be boring.
7. Break a leg
This phrase is another way of telling your friend/friends to have fun while you all are away from each other.
8. Stay cool but don’t freeze
This is a fun way of asking your friends to take care of themselves as you part ways, instead of just saying goodbye.
9. I’ll see you later, the alligator
This is a funny goodbye phrase that was made popular with an American rhyme for kids.
10. Let’s continue in your dreams
This is a good way of bidding your friend/friends goodbye after a long day of hanging out, especially when parting at night time.
11. Don’t call me, I’ll call you
“Don’t call us, we will call you” is usually used during job interviews by interviewers, however, you can tease your friends with the variation written above instead of saying goodbye.
Slang Ways to Say Goodbye
Slangs are informal words or phrases that people who are familiar with each other use. They are informal modes of communication. Slangs can be peculiar to certain locations or widely used. When it comes to bidding farewell, there are some well-known slang ways to say goodbye to your friends and family.
It is important to note that, you cannot use slang words in a formal setting like work, or on people who are not familiar with the slang words or people who are not your buddies, for example, your boss or clients. However, saying goodbye to your close pals can be made less saddening with the use of the following good examples.
1. Hasta la vista baby!
This slang way of saying goodbye was popularized by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Terminator. The term has Spanish origins which translates to “until next sighting” This is a fun way to part with your friends or colleagues after a night out or a long week/day of work.
This is a popular African American slang for goodbye. It was also made popular by Chris Brown in his song Deuces. It is usually said with two fingers raised just like the peace sign.
3. Peace or Peace out!
This is also similar to deuces because it is usually said with the peace sign gesture. This is a popular goodbye slang amongst friends, relatives, acquaintances, and even co-workers. It was popularly used in the 1990s.
4. I’ll see you on the flip side
This is a popular Radio slang for a goodbye that is used by radio presenters at the end of the show. It has also become a well-used goodbye slang by people in regular conversations.
5. One love
This slang was popularized by the reggae/Rastafarian movement of Jamaica. They adopted it from the 19th-century pan African leader and activist Marcus Garvey who concluded most of his speech with the term “one love”. This has soon become a slang way for some people to say goodbye.
6. Buh Bye!
This slang is mostly used by girls to say goodbye to each other. It is a girly slang.
7. Ta ta
Ta ta is a British slang for goodbye. It was used to teach toddlers who are still learning their speech how to say goodbye, for example; “Aileen say tata to grandpa, we are leaving”—but it soon became mainstream slang to say goodbye.
8. Toddle Pip
This is also an old British slang for bidding farewell.
9. Bye, Felicia!
This is a funny goodbye slang that was popularized by the 1995 African American movie, Friday. This slang has now become a sarcastic way of saying goodbye.
10. Laters, Laters!
Instead of seeing you later, a slang way of saying goodbye is laters, laters.
Other Ways to Say Goodbye
There are also other fun ways to say goodbye apart from all the previously mentioned ways. You can get creative or philosophical with your parting words.
Instead of regular popular ways of saying goodbye, you can turn up a notch by going philosophical with some quotes. Here are some notable examples of goodbye quotes that you can use for your loved ones, friends, or co-workers.
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”—T.S. Eliot
“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”—Charles Dickens (Nicholas Nickleby)
“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”—Mahatma Gandhi
“This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.”—Nicholas Sparks (Message in a Bottle)
“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”—Ernie Harwell
“Goodbyes are not forever, Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you Until we meet again.”—Unknown
“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”—Dr. Suess
“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”—J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
“Goodbye…? Oh no, please. Can’t, we go back to page one and do it all over again?” — “Winnie The Pooh”
“It hurts me to say goodbye to you, my love, I will take solace in the fact that tomorrow is another day, and until then I will hold on to thoughts of you to keep my heart warm.” — Stella Nwagbogwu
If saying goodbye in the aforementioned ways, is rather too long for you, there are also some popular abbreviated ways of saying bidding farewell. Abbreviations are better used during texts, here are some examples.
- TTYL: This means “Talk to your later”
- GTG: Got to go
- BRB: Be right back
- BBL: Be Back Later
- B4N: Bye for now
- XOXO: This means hugs and kisses and should only be used for someone you are very close to
- BCNU: Be seeing you
- BBN: Bye, Bye now
- BBIAB: Be back in a bit
- BB: Be back
- BOL: Best of luck
- C4N: Ciao for now
- CYAL8R: See you later
- GTR: Got to run
- HAND: Have a nice day
- LD: Later, dude
- LOL: Lots of love
- SC: Stay cool
- SIT: Stay in touch
- SIG2R: Sorry, I got to run
Emojis and Memes
When saying goodbye over texts, you can use memes and emojis that means goodbye, instead of typing goodbye.
Formal and Informal terms for Emails and letters
The following are specific terms stipulated to be used as a goodbye/ending in formal or informal emails and letters.
Yours sincerely: To be used at the end of an email or a letter addressed to a recipient that you do not know. For example, writing a letter to a government office.
Yours faithfully: When sending a letter or an email to a recipient that you know, or are familiar with, then you use Yours faithfully.
Regards: This is a regular formal way to close a letter or an email.
Best wishes: This is a semi-formal ending for a letter or an email.
Looking forward to your reply: When ending a letter and email that you are expecting a reply on, this is a semi-formal way to end it.
Yours truly: Used when sending informal emails and letters to family or friends.
Cheers: This is a lighthearted British way to end an email or a letter to someone you are familiar with.
With Love: Used for when sending an email or a letter to your loved one or loved ones.
Throw a Farewell Party
When leaving an organization, a school, or moving out of a neighborhood, one of the best ways to say your goodbyes is to throw a farewell party and have a lot of fun.
A Goodbye Card
If you want to go the extra mile to say goodbye to someone dear to you, you can purchase a goodbye card and send it to them or give it to them by yourself.
Create a Goodbye Playlist
This is most suitable for co-workers who have either ended their contract of work and are all moving on, or when a team member is leaving the organization. A playlist can be created of all the team members’ favorite songs as well as some songs with goodbye lyrics that have it shared with all team members.
Flowers can be used for many things. To profess love, as a gift, to show care to a person who is Ill, and also to say goodbye. To say goodbye to a loved one with a flower, you should give them a Forget me not flower. And just like its name, the flower is meant to preserve their memory of you.
Say It in a Different Language
Another fancy and thoughtful way to say goodbye is to say it in a different language or different languages. You can select from any of the languages listed below.
How to Say Goodbye in Different Languages
The word Goodbye is an English word and although English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, there are also other ways to say Goodbye in different other languages across continents. Sometimes, instead of bidding farewell in English language, impress your friends/lover/spouse/relatives/acquaintances by saying goodbye in other notable languages in the world. Here are a few worthy examples.
- How to Say Goodbye in Japanese: Sayonara
- How to Say Goodbye in German: Tschüss, Auf Wiedersehen
- How to Say Goodbye in Portuguese: Adeus
- How to Say Goodbye in Korean: Annyeonghi gasipsio, Jal-gayo
- How to Say Goodbye in Arabic: Ma Salama, Wada’an
- How to Say Goodbye in French: Au revoir
- How to Say Goodbye in Spanish: Adiós
- How to Say Goodbye in Russian: Da svidaniya
- How to Say Goodbye in Indonesian: Selamat tinggal
- How to Say Goodbye in Hindi: Namaste
- How to Say Goodbye in Turkish: Bisalama, Güle güle, Görüşürüz
- How to Say Goodbye in Swedish: Adjo
- How to Say Goodbye in Danish: Farvel
- How to Say Goodbye in Swahili: Kwaheri
- How to Say Goodbye in Dutch: Tot Ziens
- How to Say Goodbye in Greek: Yasou
- How to Say Goodbye in Polish: Zegnaj
- How to Say Goodbye in Italian: Arrivederci
- How to Say Goodbye in Hawaiian: Aloha
- How to Say Goodbye in Vietnamese: Tạm biệt
- How to Say Goodbye in Hebrew: L’hitraot
- How to Say Goodbye in Thai: Laa Gon
- How to Say Goodbye in Latin: Vale
- How to Say Goodbye in Chinese(Mandarin): Zai Jian
- How to Say Goodbye in Norwegian: Ha det bra
- How to Say Goodbye in Nigerian Pidgin: Bye Bye, E go be
- How to Say Goodbye in Filipino: Paalam
- How to Say Goodbye in Finish: Näkemiin
- How to Say Goodbye in Taiwanese: Chài-kiàn
- How to Say Goodbye in Hungarian: Viszlát
Goodbyes are not usually fun to say, but you can make the best out of your parting words. We hope our list gives you the best goodbye ideas.