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[stoh-uh-wey] /ˈstoʊ əˌweɪ/
a person who hides aboard a ship or airplane in order to obtain free transportation or elude pursuers.
Origin of stowaway
First recorded in 1850-55; noun use of verb phrase stow away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stowaway
Historical Examples
  • My stowaway was making for his den when I said, "How about to-morrow?"

  • "This is the stowaway, sir," said Correy briskly, closing the door.

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • "So this is the stowaway," I said, trying to keep my voice coolly indifferent.

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • He acted as if he were completely unconscious of the stowaway.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • I was lying in my bunk when he came down with the stowaway you were holding prisoner.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • My flood had abated only a fortnight since, and here was a stowaway escaped.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • The stowaway looked at him blankly, and he repeated his orders.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • In discharging the cargo in the forehold a stowaway was found in a dying state.

    Dick Cheveley W. H. G. Kingston
  • He said he was going away in a ship to India, disguised as a stowaway.'

  • What could have tempted him to leave home, and become a stowaway?

British Dictionary definitions for stowaway


a person who hides aboard a vehicle, ship, or aircraft in order to gain free passage
(intransitive, adverb) to travel in such a way
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stowaway

1850, from phrase stow away "conceal," in use by 1795; see stow.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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