- made or intended to be discarded after use or quick examination: a throwaway container; a throwaway brochure.
- delivered or expressed casually or extemporaneously: a funny throwaway line that brings applause.
- something that is made or intended to be discarded.
- a handbill, advertising circular, pamphlet, etc., intended to be discarded after reading.
- Also called pushout. Informal. a youth who is unwanted or rejected by his or her family, the school system, or society in general.
Origin of throwaway
First recorded in 1900–05; adj., noun use of verb phrase throw away
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Examples from the Web for throwaway
The Getaway Car is lousy with these throwaway lines and asides.Donald E. Westlake, The Man With The Getaway Face
October 25, 2014
Even the Vatican weighed in, condemning the case as proof of our “throwaway culture.”The Wild, Wild West of Thai Surrogacy
August 7, 2014
What a throwaway, half-assed response devoid of any sort of research.Macklemore, the Grammy Winning Rapper, Is a 9/11 Truther Who Likes to Play Anti-Semitic Dress-Up
Emily Shire, Marlow Stern
May 20, 2014
Yes, there are the usual references to color-changing T-shirts and Jurassic Park, but it feels more warranted than throwaway here.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
Mr Prentis's joke went down a storm with delegates but was later downplayed by an official spokesperson as "a throwaway remark".Kate "Just Another Young Woman Having Babies to get State Handouts"
June 19, 2013
He had a few bob on Throwaway and he's gone to gather in the shekels.Ulysses
The mainland lay not more than a short stone's throwaway, but between it and the island the water ran as swift as a mill race.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
Forth reached into a drawer for a flat bottle; poured tea-colored liquid into a throwaway cup.The Planet Savers
Marion Zimmer Bradley
The latest message was from a throwaway email address from one of the new Brazilian anonymizers.Little Brother
And instead of throwaway dishes they used chinaware that could have come right out of a museum.The House from Nowhere
Arthur G. Stangland
- said or done incidentally, esp for rhetorical effect; casuala throwaway remark
- anything designed to be discarded after use rather than reused, refilled, etc; disposable
- (as modifier)a throwaway carton
- mainly US and Canadian a handbill or advertisement distributed in a public place
- to get rid of; discard
- to fail to make good use of; wasteto throw away all one's money on horses
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