[ left-oh-ver ]
/ ˈlɛftˌoʊ vər /


Usually leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later use.
anything left or remaining from a larger amount; remainder.


being left or remaining, as an unused portion or amount: leftover meatloaf.

Nearby words

  1. left-winger,
  2. leftie,
  3. leftish,
  4. leftism,
  5. leftist,
  6. leftward,
  7. leftwardly,
  8. leftwards,
  9. lefty,
  10. leg

Origin of leftover

1890–95; noun use of verb phrase left over; see left2

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

Examples from the Web for leftover

British Dictionary definitions for leftover


/ (ˈlɛftˌəʊvə) /


(often plural) an unused portion or remnant, as of material or of cooked food


left as an unused portion or remnant
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 leftover



also left-over, "remaining, not used up," 1890, from left + over. The noun meaning "something left over" is from 1891; leftovers "excess food after a meal" (especially if re-served later) is from 1878; in this sense Old English had metelaf.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper