\ 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

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 Their fateful journey began on Aug. 15, when their 17-ton wooden boat with 19 men on board cast off from Kimchaek on the east coast of North Korea, South Korean officials said. New York Times, "2 North Koreans Tried to Defect. Did Seoul Send Them to Their Deaths?," 18 Dec. 2019 Their parents received a video that day — later shared with the media — showing them casting off into the river. Robert Moore, ProPublica, "Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care," 8 Dec. 2019 In the 1950s, after moving to its current location, the business cast off appliances, and music became the focus. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Rockley Music Center preps for its final note at Lakewood location," 16 Dec. 2019 The crew managed to cast off before losing the ship, but a large construction crane collapsed onto the deck, resulting in significant damage. NBC News, "Major fire breaks out on unlucky Russian aircraft carrier," 12 Dec. 2019 That was the season in which Stephen Curry revealed the extent of his imagination, casting off 3-pointers from far beyond the line. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors’ nostalgia: When it seemed they would never lose," 6 Dec. 2019 The defense also argued that the blood could have been cast off by Dr. Neulander himself. CBS News, "Accident or murder? Investigating the death of Leslie Neulander," 16 Nov. 2019 On Friday, the crew of the Bell Shimada, a 208-foot research vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will cast off from its home port in Newport on the central Oregon coast. oregonlive, "Return of The Blob: Oregon researchers investigate latest marine heatwave that could hurt Pacific ecosystems," 20 Sep. 2019 Instead of a thin, scratchy pillow cast off from a field hospital, two plump pillows — and two velvety comforters. John Kelly, Washington Post, "If it’s Monday, this must be Luxembourg: Notes from my recent trip," 30 June 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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The first known use of cast-off was in 1575

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“Cast-off.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce cast off (audio)

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


\ ˈkast-ˌȯf \

Kids Definition of cast-off

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

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