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[throh-uh-wey] /ˈθroʊ əˌweɪ/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for throwaway
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  • He had a few bob on throwaway and he's gone to gather in the shekels.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • 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 Dillon Wallace
  • 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

    Cory Doctorow
  • And instead of throwaway dishes they used chinaware that could have come right out of a museum.

    The House from Nowhere Arthur G. Stangland
British Dictionary definitions for throwaway


adjective (prenominal)
said or done incidentally, esp for rhetorical effect; casual: a throwaway remark
  1. anything designed to be discarded after use rather than reused, refilled, etc; disposable
  2. (as modifier): a throwaway carton
(mainly US & Canadian) a handbill or advertisement distributed in a public place
verb (transitive, adverb)
to get rid of; discard
to fail to make good use of; waste: to throw away all one's money on horses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for throwaway



  1. : He had a sort of throwaway casualness about him
  2. Designed to be thrown away; disposable: It came in throwaway bottles (1928+)
  3. Useless; superfluous; cruelly neglected: a three-times convicted killer, a throwaway man now/ Haiti has always been a throwaway nation (1970s+)


A line, joke, etc, deliberately spoken unemphatically, thus increasing its effect (1955+ Show business)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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