far·away | \ ˈfär-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of faraway 

1 : lying at a great distance : remote faraway lands

2 : dreamy, abstracted a faraway look in her eyes

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Synonyms & Antonyms for faraway


away, deep, distant, far, far-flung, far-off, remote, removed


close, near, nearby, nigh

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Examples of faraway in a Sentence

My grandfather told us tales of faraway lands. growing up in a seaport instilled in the youth a restless desire to travel to faraway places

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Mom would ride in the passenger seat, a faraway look in her eyes. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Save the Great American Family Road Trip," 28 June 2018 Children, thousands of them, housed en masse behind chain link fences in warehouse-like facilities with mylar for blankets and no parents in sight. Stunningly, these are not images from a faraway war zone. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: With children behind fences, it's time for some national soul-searching," 21 June 2018 Not some remote, faraway place or even a place that is near, but a place that is here within. Kristin Clark Taylor, Washington Post, "Thai soccer coach meditated with boys to calm them in the cave. We can all learn from them.," 11 July 2018 Whatever the topic, Ms. Magic speaks with a faraway sense of wonder, her hazel eyes seeming to sparkle. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Tech Elites Recreate Burning Man Inside Their Living Rooms," 29 June 2018 Waves on Lake Michigan are created by local winds (as opposed to ocean waves, which are formed by faraway storms), so lake surfers have to anticipate when the northern winds will travel down south. David North, Chicago Reader, "Sickened surfers say the best waves in Lake Michigan are in the polluted waters off northwest Indiana," 10 July 2018 In these accounts, cannibalism occurred in faraway lands. Pallavi Kottamasu, BostonGlobe.com, "Were cannibals really so bad?," 2 June 2018 Ryan walked into the airport, bound for another faraway fire, and all his mother could do was pray. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Granite Mountain Hotshots: Five years on, Dustin DeFord's family finds peace in faith," 29 June 2018 Late on a Thursday night in a faraway corner of Old Kabul, a community of musicians and worshippers gathers for an evening of solemn prayer, ecstatic singing, and melodies from days long forgotten. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of faraway

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of faraway was in 1735

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English Language Learners Definition of faraway

: very distant


far·away | \ ˈfär-ə-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of faraway

1 : remote entry 1 sense 1, distant faraway lands

2 : appearing as if lost in a daydream He had a faraway look in his eyes.

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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