aban·​don·​ware ə-ˈban-dən-ˌwer How to pronounce abandonware (audio)
: software that is no longer sold or supported by its creator
… thousands of private collectors post source code online for so-called abandonware—games that no longer are published or supported by the companies that created them.Clay Risen

Word History


abandon entry 1 + -ware (as in software)

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abandonware was in 2000

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“Abandonware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abandonware. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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