adrift

[uh-drift]

adjective, adverb

floating without control; drifting; not anchored or moored: The survivors were adrift in the rowboat for three days.
lacking aim, direction, or stability.

Nearby words

  1. adrianople red,
  2. adrianopolis,
  3. adriatic,
  4. adriatic sea,
  5. adrienne,
  6. adrogué,
  7. adroit,
  8. ads,
  9. adscititious,
  10. adscript

Origin of adrift

First recorded in 1615–25; a-1 + drift

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British Dictionary definitions for adrift

adrift

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

floating without steering or mooring; drifting
without purpose; aimless
informal off course or amissthe project went adrift
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Word Origin and History for adrift

adrift

adv.

1620s, from a- (1) "on" + drift. Figurative use by 1680s.

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