[drift-woo d]


wood floating on a body of water or cast ashore by it.
such wood adapted for use in interior decoration.


of, relating to, or made of driftwood: a driftwood lamp.

Origin of driftwood

First recorded in 1605–15; drift + wood1
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Related Words for driftwood

chunk, wood, piece, timber, length, stick, trunk, block, bole, driftwood

Examples from the Web for driftwood

Contemporary Examples of driftwood

  • The only training BP has provided for the public is to teach us how to safely pick up trash and driftwood from our own beaches.

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    May 3, 2010

Historical Examples of driftwood

British Dictionary definitions for driftwood



wood floating on or washed ashore by the sea or other body of water
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Word Origin and History for driftwood

1630s, from drift (v.) + wood (n.).

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