adrift

[ uh-drift ]
/ əˈdrɪft /

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.

Origin of adrift

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

/ (əˈdrɪft) /

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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