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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Studying a faraway quasar, scientists have encountered some of the oldest light in the universe. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Have Spotted Some of the Oldest Light in the Universe," 10 Jan. 2019 Even news headlines eerily echo those heralded in the faraway hippie era. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 Having friends and loved ones in faraway places means scheduling phone calls, missing the little details, and longing for the other person. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Lamp Was Designed To Keep Your Long-Distance Relationship Alive," 29 Nov. 2018 There were no wines by the glass, no long list of selections from faraway places. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why You Should Consider the House Wine," 17 Oct. 2018 Under Viking River Cruises, the company's riverboats explore familiar waters like the Danube and Rhône in Europe, as well as faraway itineraries on the Volga in Russia, and the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Astronomers use the orbiting observatory to peer deep into the cosmos, revealing faraway solar systems as well as galaxies and black holes. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Hubble Space Telescope sidelined by serious pointing failure," 8 Oct. 2018 Those faraway lights in the sky moved in predictable ways and had clear effects on our seasons, tides, and harvests. Lexie Schapitl, Vox, "Astrology has almost no science to back it up. But people love it anyway.," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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