\ 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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Other Words from cast-off


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

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Parker hasn’t exactly outshone David Sharpe in the swing-tackle competition, but the Raiders probably don’t want to cast off last year’s third-round pick. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ beat writer Matt Kawahara’s fearless 53-man roster projection," 30 Aug. 2019 With the cast off, Lansford started in right field, then was moved to third base. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Carney Lansford, Santa Clara Briarwood teammates remember Little League run," 19 Aug. 2019 Lululemon is continuing to expand, while casting off some some earlier missteps. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Sweat Marketing: Lululemon’s Tie-In With Barry’s Bootcamp," 25 July 2019 In addition, the president has cast off repeated warnings from national security officials that Russia is preparing to meddle in next year’s election, perhaps by following the same playbook that Moscow used to help Trump win the White House. Los Angeles Times, "Trump likes aides to tell him what he wants to hear. Will his pick for intelligence chief do likewise?," 30 July 2019 And yet the bicycle is also tied to a mass social movement: Its widespread adoption at the end of the 19th century gave women an excuse to cast off the hindrance of corsets and bustles. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Get to know the symbolism in your daily commute," 11 July 2019 Li’s saga tracks the yearnings and personal tragedies of many who work at the Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Md., such as owner Jimmy Han, eager to cast off the family burden of his late father’s restaurant for fancier digs. Margaret Wappler,, "5 L.A. book events — from Beyoncé’s architect to hot gossip from old Hollywood," 28 June 2019 With the arrival of Roger Ailes, a world of heretofore upstanding devotees to the highest journalistic principles had all been brought to their knees, forced to cast off every qualm of conscience. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Loudest Voice’ Review: A Fox in the Hen House," 27 June 2019 Katie Lou Samuelson gets her cast off in 10 days but her possible return and allotment of minutes remain a mystery. Kellen Becoats,, "Biggest Storylines From the First Month of the WNBA Season," 26 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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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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