cast·​away ˈkast-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce castaway (audio)
: thrown away : rejected
: cast adrift or ashore as a survivor of a shipwreck
: thrown out or left without friends or resources
castaway noun

Examples of castaway in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of castaway was in 1542

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“Castaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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cast·​away ˈkas-tə-ˌwā How to pronounce castaway (audio)
: thrown away
: cast adrift or ashore
castaway noun

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