discard

[verb dih-skahrd; noun dis-kahrd]

verb (used with object)

to cast aside or dispose of; get rid of: to discard an old hat.
Cards.
  1. to throw out (a card or cards) from one's hand.
  2. to play (a card, not a trump, of a different suit from that of the card led).

verb (used without object)

Cards. to discard a card or cards.

noun

the act of discarding.
a person or thing that is cast out or rejected.
Cards. a card or cards discarded.

Nearby words

  1. disc.,
  2. discal,
  3. discalceate,
  4. discalced,
  5. discant,
  6. discarnate,
  7. discase,
  8. discectomy,
  9. discern,
  10. discernible

Origin of discard

First recorded in 1580–90; dis-1 + card1

Related formsdis·card·a·ble, adjectivedis·card·er, nounun·dis·card·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·card·ed, adjective

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for discarded


British Dictionary definitions for discarded

discard

verb (dɪsˈkɑːd)

(tr) to get rid of as useless or undesirable
cards to throw out (a card or cards) from one's hand
cards to play (a card not of the suit led nor a trump) when unable to follow suit

noun (ˈdɪskɑːd)

a person or thing that has been cast aside
cards a discarded card
the act of discarding
Derived Formsdiscarder, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for discarded

discard

v.

1590s, literally "to throw a card away," from dis- "away" + card (n.). Figurative use (in a non-gaming sense) is first recorded 1580s. In the card-playing sense, decard is attested by 1550s. Related: Discarded; discarding. As a noun, from 1742.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper