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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Astronomers had long considered that interstellar debris might invade the solar system from time to time, in the form of icy chunks spit from the rocky disks forming faraway planets, that is to say, as interstellar comets. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "An Alien Visitor Turns Out to Be a Comet," 27 June 2018 His capsule lands on the faraway planet of Sakaar, where he's forced to become a gladiator—the best the beings of Sakaar have ever seen. Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books Greg Pak's Weapon H smashes together two of Marvel's most beloved heroes into a brilliantly over-the-top new series," 20 Apr. 2018 That was long enough for the spacecraft to have recorded any faint perturbations a faraway planet could induce in Saturn’s motion around the sun. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss," 22 Mar. 2018 This satellite will help scientists find even more faraway planets, and perhaps bring us closer than ever on our never-ending search for alien life. Dana Dovey, Newsweek, "Super Earth 200 Light-Years Away May Hold Ideal Temperatures for Liquid Water and Life," 14 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of faraway

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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