Origin of flotsam
Examples from the Web for flotsam
Once the sand was plowed back onto the beaches, volunteers scoured it for any flotsam that got through the sifting machines.Superstorm Who? Sandy’s Hard-Hit Beach Towns Reopen for Business
Eliza Shapiro, Josh Dzieza
May 25, 2013
They will find the courage to clear the land of the flotsam and cultivate it anew.The Flood
A scuttle-butt was torn from its lashings and went by the board, and other flotsam followed it.Blow The Man Down
Logs, planks, and the other flotsam of a freshet moved on in the van of the flood.Aladdin & Co.
This is my estate, and all flotsam and jetsam as is washed ashore is mine.King o' the Beach
George Manville Fenn
The rest were in character with Grants nearer companions—just flotsam.Dust of the Desert
Robert Welles Ritchie
Word Origin and History for flotsam
c.1600, from Anglo-French floteson, from Old French flotaison "a floating," from floter "to float" (of Germanic origin; see float) + -aison, from Latin -ation(em). Spelled flotsen till mid-19c. when it altered, perhaps under influence of many English words in -some.
In British law, flotsam are goods found floating on the sea as a consequence of a shipwreck or action of wind or waves; jetsam are things cast out of a ship in danger of being wrecked, and afterward washed ashore, or things cast ashore by the sailors. Whatever sinks is lagan. Figurative use for "odds and ends" attested by 1861.