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.

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

Examples from the Web for throwaway

Contemporary Examples of throwaway

Historical Examples of throwaway

  • He had a few bob on Throwaway and he's gone to gather in the shekels.


    James Joyce

  • The mainland lay not more than a short stone's throwaway, but between it and the island the water ran as swift as a mill race.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • Forth reached into a drawer for a flat bottle; poured tea-colored liquid into a throwaway cup.

    The Planet Savers

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • The latest message was from a throwaway email address from one of the new Brazilian anonymizers.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • And instead of throwaway dishes they used chinaware that could have come right out of a museum.

    The House from Nowhere

    Arthur G. Stangland

British Dictionary definitions for throwaway


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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