- 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
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3. pariah, outlaw, leper.
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Examples from the Web for castaway
The castaway killed it with an oar; but after that who would have slept?Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
We could no more leave it, than the castaway sailor could leave his desert island.The Desert Home
The saturnalia that succeeded the capture of the castaway had come to a close.The Boy Slaves
"I am no castaway, aunt Charlotte," said Linda, rising to her feet.
If it were true that she was in very fact already a castaway, why should she not go with him?
- a person who has been shipwrecked
- something thrown off or away; castoff
- shipwrecked or put adrift
- thrown away or rejected
- (tr, adverb; often passive) to cause (a ship, person, etc) to be shipwrecked or abandoned
Word Origin and History for castaway
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