cast-off

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

Definition of cast-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thrown away or aside

cast off

verb
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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Other Words from cast-off

Adjective

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

Prior to landing on national television, Mr. Batiste, who is 31 years old, found his voice by casting off conventions. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Hollywood Africans’ by Jon Batiste Review: A Meditative Moment, Away From Late-Night TV’s Glare," 2 Oct. 2018 They were both cast off by a then-crummy team, the Rams. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Rise of the NFL’s Mediocre Quarterback," 6 Sep. 2018 Then the oaks and eucalyptus exploded, casting off embers the size of basketballs that the heavy winds blew hundreds of yards away. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Devastated by wildfire, a California city weighs rebuilding amid a housing crunch," 14 Jan. 2018 Abe wants to amend the clause denying Japan a full-fledged military and cast off some of the postwar shackles. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Japanese prime minister Abe, embroiled in scandals, faces calls to stand down," 16 Apr. 2018 Panthers: Carolina is looking to get younger after casting off Kurt Coleman and hoping Mike Adams can hang on at 37. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2018 safety rankings: Derwin James, Minkah Fitzpatrick shape board," 16 Apr. 2018 And in the summer, as sanctions bite, the streets of Tehran rise up to cast off the Iranian regime. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s demolition theory of foreign policy won’t work," 7 June 2018 Right after indoor nationals, Winder got his cast off and returned to competition. Paul Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The search for seven: North Central College’s Luke Winder battles injury in quest for another national title in the pole vault," 24 May 2018 In additional to casting off the pier, contestants also were allowed to set up on the marina docks — something not allowed during the regular season. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Anglers brave the chill for a chance at a big catch," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of cast-off

Adjective

1613, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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More Definitions for cast-off

cast-off

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cast-off

: thrown or given away

castoff

noun
cast·​off | \ ˈkast-ˌȯf\

Kids Definition of castoff

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

cast-off

adjective
\ ˈkast-ˌȯf\

Kids Definition of cast-off

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

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