Leaving Nicely: Best Words to Say Goodbye

27 July 2017 101

Are you one of those who silently gets up and leaves? The one who calmly and dryly says “Goodbye” or the one who gladly screams “I'm out” and quickly runs away?

The way we say bye to people is one of the most important aspects of our communication with them, but many of us still underestimate it. After finishing any talk with a person, we leave with good, bad or neutral emotions and most of the times these emotions depend on how we end up the conversation and the way we say bye.

“Goodbye” can be a strict and emotionless or a casual as “peace out.” Therefore, it’s better sometimes to pick the right expression and don’t ruin your dialog with a wrong goodbye synonym. If you want to stop overusing some of your regular farewells, then stay here and expand your repertoire with best words to say goodbye in English.

Formality Lovers

Before we meet some of the new and casual goodbye synonyms, let's remember the banalest ways to say bye:

Even though the word “Goodbye” is a worldwide known and formal way to say bye, it’s still rarely used and often means a final goodbye. If you’re breaking up with your partner, slamming the door and assuring yourself that you’ll never see him/her again, then no worries - “Goodbye” will suit this situation perfectly.

Otherwise, better use a short “Bye” and don’t ruin your relationship definitively. You can say "Bye" to anyone you know whether it’s a friend or your client because it’s more relaxed and informal word.

“Farewell” is another emotional-sounding form of saying final bye that you probably won't use in a daily life. So let's leave it to the tragicomedy actors and move on to other words for goodbye.

Adding Simplicity

Formal farewell is not always the best way to end up the dialog, especially if you communicate with a person that is nice to you. Here are more casual forms of bye that you can use in almost any case:

"See you later” isn’t as much relaxed as short "Later" and this is why you can certainly use it to almost anyone. But if you want for some reason sound even more casual just pronounce “you” as “ya.” “See ya” sounds quite freshly, right?

Talking to someone on the phone, switch the word “see” on “talk” and say "Talk to you later" instead.

"Later" is a classy, casual way to say goodbye that you can frequently hear between men speaking with each other. They often complete "Later" with some words like dude, bro, man and so on.

“Take Care” is suitable for both informal and formal situations. You might say it to a friend or stranger, and it will always look like you have sincere feelings to a person. However, it’s better to use this phrase if you're not going to see that person at least for a week.

“Take it Easy” is a great option for all informal situations. Even though these words can be used to say “calm down” to anyone, they also have another meaning: if you say “Take it easy” as the form of goodbye, you hope the person will have the chance to relax and enjoy whatever he is up to.

“Have a Good One” is another useful American farewell that basically wishes all the best to the person but in general and without focusing on anything specific like work, weekend, vacation or any particular event.

“Have a nice day/night/whatever you say is also a common wording that will be suitable in lots of situations whether you’re talking to a co-worker, customer or anyone else that you're not very close with. Like the example above, “Have a nice ______” is also one of the most universal and respectful ways to say goodbye to others. Saying these words, you wish good luck to a person.

“It was nice to see you again” might be the most formal among all the words mentioned above. But even so, you will likely use this phrase to a person you already know well and not for somebody whom you just met. Rather “nice to meet you” sounds more appropriate.

Extra Casual

It’s 2017, but even now you can hear somebody saying “Peace" as a goodbye. This word came to us from the hip-hop culture, and it sounds quite casual. "Peace out" appeared a bit later and was also highly popular in the early 1990s. However, today it seems to be dated. So let’s leave it for hippies and see other slang versions.

“I’m out of here” (to sound brutally say “I’m ouda here”) or a simple “I’m out” is another short and quite informal way to let everyone know you’re leaving. These words should mostly sound when you're glad to be leaving. So be careful and better use them among your friends or tired the same as you co-workers. In this case, misunderstandings won’t happen.

“Catch you later” is pretty understandable and it’s basically a super-casual way to say “See you later.” Another phrase “Catch you on the flip side” is used more rarely. However, you should remember that “Flip side” means the opposite side of things either time when things get back to their places.

And the wildest phrase is “Smell you later” that is similar to “Catch you later” but might be used in some silly situations. Imagine a grandpa kissing his grandkids and saying “Smell you later” with a smile. Oh, that’s a lovely picture.


Now you know how to say goodbye to finish any dialogue at an excellent point. Just don’t become super casual and surprise your boss with a classy “peace out.” Otherwise, you risk getting out of work earlier than you planned.

I’m not saying “Goodbye” because hope to catch you later in the comments where you can share all of your favorite byes. So, for now, have a good one!

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  • Fauna Stein 2 years ago I often say to friends and fam au revoir Reply