\ ˈkast-ˌȯf How to pronounce cast-off (audio) \

Definition of cast-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thrown away or aside

cast off

cast off; casting off; casts off

Definition of cast off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : loose cast off a hunting dog
2 : unfasten cast off a boat
3 : to remove (a stitch) from a knitting needle in such a way as to prevent unraveling

intransitive verb

1 : to unfasten or untie a boat or a line
2 : to turn one's partner in a square dance and pass around the outside of the set and back
3 : to finish a knitted fabric by casting off all stitches

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castoff noun

Examples of cast-off in a Sentence


once she became rich and didn't need them anymore, she cast off all her old friends like so much junk

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The president had, after all, cast off in precisely the opposite direction after coming to power in December 2015, seeking to remove many of the clumsy impediments to market forces imposed by his predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The Economist, "In Argentina, Mauricio Macri's dying government mimics its opponents," 5 Sep. 2019 Peterman, whom the Raiders signed to their practice squad last year after he was cast off by the Bills, played well in preseason. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders place Nathan Peterman, Isaiah Johnson on injured reserve," 2 Sep. 2019 Macron modernized the palace furniture after his 2017 election, casting off formality for high-toned comfort and a more relaxed style. Washington Post, "Foot on table: British PM at home in French president palace," 24 Aug. 2019 Daniel Schuller, chief scientist for the cruise, rests his hand on the CTD-Rosette System, which the crew will cast off the side of the boat to collect seawater samples and electronic data. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanographers mark seven-decade survey of the California Current," 15 July 2019 Tiemoue Bakayoko, cast off by Chelsea last season after initially impressing at Monaco, spent last season on loan with the Rossoneri., "Transfer Rumours: James Maddison's Future, Andre Silva to Wolves, Tiemoue Bakayoko & More," 8 June 2019 Work in straight stitch until tube measures 6 inches long, then cast off. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Felted Mummy Doll," 9 Sep. 2019 Continue until tube measures 6-inches long, then cast off. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Felted Mummy Doll," 9 Sep. 2019 Guests can cast off their cares at the spa and Turkish hammam. Chris Leadbeater, National Geographic, "Discover Turkey’s under-the-radar seaside paradise," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cast-off


1613, in the meaning defined above


1575, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cast-off

: thrown or given away


cast·​off | \ ˈkast-ˌȯf\

Kids Definition of castoff

: a person or thing that has been thrown aside or rejected


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Kids Definition of cast-off

: thrown away or aside She wore cast-off clothes.

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