- a person who hides aboard a ship or airplane in order to obtain free transportation or elude pursuers.
Origin of stowaway
First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase stow away
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Examples from the Web for stowaway
My stowaway was making for his den when I said, "How about to-morrow?"In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
"This is the stowaway, sir," said Correy briskly, closing the door.
"So this is the stowaway," I said, trying to keep my voice coolly indifferent.
He acted as if he were completely unconscious of the stowaway.Pariah Planet
I was lying in my bunk when he came down with the stowaway you were holding prisoner.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
- a person who hides aboard a vehicle, ship, or aircraft in order to gain free passage
- (intr, adverb) to travel in such a way
Word Origin and History for stowaway
1850, from phrase stow away "conceal," in use by 1795; see stow.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper