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castaway

[kast-uh-wey, kahst-] /ˈkæst əˌweɪ, ˈkɑst-/
noun
1.
a shipwrecked person.
2.
anything cast adrift or thrown away.
3.
an outcast.
adjective
4.
cast adrift.
5.
thrown away.
Origin of castaway
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; noun, adj. use of verb phrase cast away
Synonyms
3. pariah, outlaw, leper.
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  • The castaway killed it with an oar; but after that who would have slept?

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • We could no more leave it, than the castaway sailor could leave his desert island.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • The saturnalia that succeeded the capture of the castaway had come to a close.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • "I am no castaway, aunt Charlotte," said Linda, rising to her feet.

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • They had told her that she was a castaway, and she had half believed it.

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • If it were true that she was in very fact already a castaway, why should she not go with him?

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • She would not even yet be a castaway if it might be possible to save herself!

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • And then, to be a castaway, sharing her treasure with another!

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • For ever afterwards,—for ever and ever and ever,—she must be a castaway.

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • To be in all respects a castaway,—a woman to whom other women would not speak!

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for castaway

castaway

/ˈkɑːstəˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a person who has been shipwrecked
2.
something thrown off or away; castoff
adjective (prenominal)
3.
shipwrecked or put adrift
4.
thrown away or rejected
verb
5.
(transitive, adverb; often passive) to cause (a ship, person, etc) to be shipwrecked or abandoned
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Word Origin and History for castaway
n.

late 15c., "one who is rejected," from the verbal phrase (c.1300, literal and figurative), from cast (v.) + away (adv.). Specific sense "one adrift at sea" is from 1799. The adjective is first recorded 1540s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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