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


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


cast adrift.
thrown away.

Nearby words

  1. castagno, andrea del,
  2. castalia,
  3. castaneda,
  4. castanet,
  5. castanets,
  6. caste,
  7. caste mark,
  8. caste system,
  9. castel gandolfo,
  10. castellammare di stabia

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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Word Origin and History for castaway



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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