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  1. a person who hides aboard a ship or airplane in order to obtain free transportation or elude pursuers.
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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

Historical Examples

  • My stowaway was making for his den when I said, "How about to-morrow?"

    In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

    Robert Barr

  • "This is the stowaway, sir," said Correy briskly, closing the door.

    Priestess of the Flame

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • "So this is the stowaway," I said, trying to keep my voice coolly indifferent.

    Priestess of the Flame

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • He acted as if he were completely unconscious of the stowaway.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • I was lying in my bunk when he came down with the stowaway you were holding prisoner.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for stowaway


  1. a person who hides aboard a vehicle, ship, or aircraft in order to gain free passage
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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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