[ breyk-uh-wey ]
/ ˈbreɪk əˌweɪ /



Origin of breakaway

First recorded in 1885–95; noun, adj. use of verb phrase break away Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for breakaway

British Dictionary definitions for breakaway


/ (ˈbreɪkəˌweɪ) /


  1. loss or withdrawal of a group of members from an association, club, etc
  2. (as modifier)a breakaway faction
  1. a sudden attack, esp from a defensive position, in football, hockey, etc
  2. an attempt to get away from the rest of the field in a race
Australian a stampede of cattle, esp at the smell of water

verb break away (intr, adverb)

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Word Origin and History for breakaway


1906 (n.), in reference to sports; 1930s (adj.) in reference to splinter groups; from break (v.) + away (adv.).

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