\ 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

Other Words from cast-off


castoff noun

Examples of cast-off in a Sentence

Verb 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 Despite growing close with the cast off stage, the two didn't spark a romance until years later, as Diggs was still dating actress Jalene Goodwin at the time. Kelsie Gibson,, 22 June 2022 Usually, doctors are trained to attribute rambunctiousness and inattention to ADHD, but it’s been found that Black girls are usually cast off as just being defiant and lazy. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 5 July 2022 That centrism began to fade after Mr. Zeldin was elected to Congress in 2014 and was cast off completely after the election of President Donald J. Trump. New York Times, 25 June 2022 Whatever was going on in the Blue Period — genuine empathy or adolescent angst — is left by the roadside, cast off like an old beggarwoman crouched in the dark. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 This eerily magical, richly atmospheric novel follows Darwin, a devout Rastafarian whose poverty forces him to cast off his religion to become a gravedigger, and Yejide, one of a line of women who have the power to usher the dead into the afterlife. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 The coveted perks of stardom that Becker might enjoy—the cocktail parties, celebrity bashes, and jet-set scenes—must be cast off for higher goals. Angela Gaudioso, SPIN, 22 May 2022 At South Packery Channel Beach, surfers ride waves churned up by the jetty and fishermen cast off of it. Robin Soslow, Chron, 3 May 2022 Dorka got her wrist cast off today and Caroline is now on one crutch instead of two. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 25 May 2022 See More

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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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cast·​off | \ ˈkast-ˌȯf \

Kids Definition of castoff

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


\ ˈkast-ˌȯf \

Kids Definition of cast-off

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

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