[ throh-uh-wey ]
/ ˈθroʊ əˌweɪ /


made or intended to be discarded after use or quick examination: a throwaway container; a throwaway brochure.
delivered or expressed casually or extemporaneously: a funny throwaway line that brings applause.


something that is made or intended to be discarded.
a handbill, advertising circular, pamphlet, etc., intended to be discarded after reading.
Also called pushout. Informal. a youth who is unwanted or rejected by his or her family, the school system, or society in general.

Nearby words

  1. throw up one's hands,
  2. throw up to,
  3. throw weight,
  4. throw-in,
  5. throw-weight,
  6. throwback,
  7. throwed,
  8. thrower,
  9. throwing stick,
  10. thrown

Origin of throwaway

First recorded in 1900–05; adj., noun use of verb phrase throw away Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for throwaway


/ (ˈθrəʊəˌweɪ) /

adjective (prenominal)

said or done incidentally, esp for rhetorical effect; casuala throwaway remark
  1. anything designed to be discarded after use rather than reused, refilled, etc; disposable
  2. (as modifier)a throwaway carton


mainly US and Canadian a handbill or advertisement distributed in a public place

verb throw away (tr, adverb)

to get rid of; discard
to fail to make good use of; wasteto throw away all one's money on horses
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