See more synonyms for away on
  1. from this or that place; off: to go away.
  2. aside; to another place; in another direction: to turn your eyes away; to turn away customers
  3. far; apart: away back; away from the subject.
  4. out of one's possession or use: to give money away.
  5. out of existence or notice; into extinction: to fade away; to idle away the morning.
  6. incessantly or relentlessly; repeatedly: He kept hammering away.
  7. without hesitation: Fire away.
  1. absent; gone: to be away from home.
  2. distant: six miles away.
  3. immediately off and on the way: The order was given and he was away.
  4. Sports. played in a ball park, arena, or the like, other than the one that is or is assumed to be the center of operations of a team: winners in their last three away games.Compare home(def 15).
  5. Baseball. having been put out: with two away in the top of the seventh.
  6. Golf.
    1. (of a golf ball) lying farthest from the hole.
    2. (of a golfer) having hit such a ball and being required to play first.
Verb Phrases
  1. do away with,
    1. to get rid of; abolish; stop.
    2. to kill: Bluebeard did away with all his wives.
  1. away with,
    1. take away: Away with him!
    2. go away! leave!: Away with you!
  2. where away? (of something sighted from a ship) in which direction? where?

Origin of away

before 950; Middle English; Old English aweg, reduction of on weg. See on, a-1, way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for away

Contemporary Examples of away

Historical Examples of away

  • Tibble saw that he was like one in another world, and gently led him away.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • So Uncle Peter had to lick her father and two brothers before he could get her away.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He would not look at it, and when I threw it close to him he dashed it away as if it was poison.

  • Tilly was to have gone also at that time, but had found it impossible to get away.

  • We found that about a dozen natives had been to the springs while we were away.

British Dictionary definitions for away


  1. from a particular place; offto swim away
  2. in or to another, usual, or proper placeto put toys away
  3. apart; at a distanceto keep away from strangers
  4. out of existencethe music faded away
  5. indicating motion, displacement, transfer, etc, from a normal or proper place, from a person's own possession, etcto turn one's head away; to give away money
  6. indicating activity that is wasteful or designed to get rid of somethingto sleep away the hours
  7. continuouslylaughing away; fire away
  8. away with a command for a person to go or be removedaway with you; away with him to prison!
  9. far and away by a very great marginfar and away the biggest meal he'd ever eaten
  10. from away Canadian from a part of Canada other than Newfoundland
adjective (usually postpositive)
  1. not presentaway from school
  2. distanthe is a good way away
  3. having started; releasedhe was away before sunrise; bombs away!
  4. (also prenominal) sport played on an opponent's groundan away game
  5. golf (of a ball or player) farthest from the hole
  6. baseball (of a player) having been put out
  7. horse racing relating to the outward portion or first half of a race
  1. sport a game played or won at an opponent's ground
  1. an expression of dismissal

Word Origin for away

Old English on weg on way
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for away

late Old English aweg, earlier on weg "on from this (that) place;" see a- (1) + way. Colloquial use for "without delay" (fire away, also right away) is from earlier sense of "onward in time" (16c.). Intensive use (e.g. away back) is American English, first attested 1818.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with away


see back away; bang away; blow away; break away; by far (and away); carry away; cart off (away); cast away; clear out (away); die away; do away with; draw away; eat away; explain away; fade out (away); fall away; fire away; fool away; fritter away; get away; get away with; give away; go away; hammer away; lay aside (away); make away with; out and away; pass away; peg away at; piss away; plug away at; pull away; put away; right away; run away; run away with; salt away; send away; shy away from; slink away; slip out (away); sock away; spirit away; square away; squirrel away; stow away; take away from; take one's breath away; tear away; throw away; tuck away; turn away; walk away from; walk off (away) with; waste away; wear off (away); whale away; when the cat's away; while away.

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