Origin of stowaway

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase stow away Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for stowaway


  1. a person who hides aboard a vehicle, ship, or aircraft in order to gain free passage
verb stow away
  1. (intr, adverb) to travel in such a way
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Word Origin and History for stowaway

1850, from phrase stow away "conceal," in use by 1795; see stow.

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