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stowaway

[stoh-uh-wey]
noun
  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

stowaway

noun
  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

n.

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

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