[kast-awf, -of, kahst-]
- thrown away; rejected; discarded: castoff clothing.
- a person or thing that has been cast off.
- Printing. the estimate by a compositor of how many pages copy will occupy when set in type.
Origin of castoff
First recorded in 1735–45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cast off
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Examples from the Web for castoff
So he picked up some castoff feathers of the Peacocks and stuck them among his own black plumes.
Are you not a bit sorry for the neat little halo that now hangs like a piece of castoff clothing on the bedpost of an adulteress?The Goose Man
Doubtless she would hail his wish—half a reform in itself—to castoff the outward signs of an accepted degradation.What Will He Do With It, Complete
A player comes on under the shadow, made up in the castoff mail of a court buck, a wellset man with a bass voice.Ulysses
The child pointed to what appeared to be some ragged, castoff clothes left in the hole by the late occupant.Selected Stories