[ kast-uh-wey, kahst- ]
/ ˈkæst əˌweɪ, ˈkɑst- /


a shipwrecked person.
anything cast adrift or thrown away.
an outcast.


cast adrift.
thrown away.

Origin of castaway

First recorded in 1520–30; noun, adj. use of verb phrase cast away Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for castaway

/ (ˈkɑːstəˌweɪ) /


a person who has been shipwrecked
something thrown off or away; castoff

adjective (prenominal)

shipwrecked or put adrift
thrown away or rejected

verb cast away

(tr, adverb; often passive) to cause (a ship, person, etc) to be shipwrecked or abandoned
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