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leftover

[left-oh-ver]
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noun
  1. Usually leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later use.
  2. anything left or remaining from a larger amount; remainder.
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adjective
  1. being left or remaining, as an unused portion or amount: leftover meatloaf.
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Origin of leftover

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

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Related Words

unusedresidualextraresiduesurplusdebrisleavingslegacytrashremnantssurvivoruntouchedunwantedunconsumeduneaten

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British Dictionary definitions for leftover

leftover

noun
  1. (often plural) an unused portion or remnant, as of material or of cooked food
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adjective
  1. left as an unused portion or remnant
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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

adj.

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.

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