SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a shipwrecked person. anything cast adrift or thrown away. an outcast. Origin of castaway
First recorded in
1520–30; noun, adj. use of verb phrase cast away
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Examples from the Web for castaway Historical Examples of castaway
castaway killed it with an oar; but after that who would have slept?
We could no more leave it, than the
castaway sailor could leave his desert island.
The saturnalia that succeeded the capture of the
castaway had come to a close.
"I am no
castaway, aunt Charlotte," said Linda, rising to her feet.
For ever afterwards,—for ever and ever and ever,—she must be a
castaway. British Dictionary definitions for castaway noun 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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Word Origin and History for castaway n.
late 15c., "one who is rejected," from the verbal phrase (c.1300, literal and figurative), from
cast (v.) + away (adv.). Specific sense "one adrift at sea" is from 1799. The adjective is first recorded 1540s.
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