stowaway

[ stoh-uh-wey ]
/ ˈstoʊ əˌweɪ /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. stovetop,
  2. stovies,
  3. stow,
  4. stow away,
  5. stowage,
  6. stowe,
  7. stowe, harriet beecher,
  8. stownlins,
  9. stowp,
  10. stp

Origin of stowaway

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase stow away

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British Dictionary definitions for stowaway

stowaway

/ (ˈstəʊəˌweɪ) /

noun

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

verb stow away

(intr, adverb) to travel in such a way
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Word Origin and History for stowaway

stowaway

n.

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

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