stow·​away | \ ˈstō-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce stowaway (audio) \

Definition of stowaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that stows away

stow away

stowed away; stowing away; stows away

Definition of stow away (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to secrete oneself aboard a vehicle as a means of obtaining transportation

Examples of stowaway in a Sentence

Noun A stowaway was discovered on the ship.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The futuristic, apocalyptic drama features the actor as a dying astronomer caring for a young stowaway at the end of the world while a crew of astronauts (including Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo) rockets back to a hazardous home. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream during the holidays: 'Wonder Woman 1984' on HBO Max, Pixar's 'Soul' on Disney+," 23 Dec. 2020 Paddy O’Donovan moved to America at age 12 as a stowaway. Washington Post, "Why revered developers John and Brenda Romero started a game studio in Ireland," 21 Dec. 2020 The stowaway was found by a worker helping set up the iconic tree and carefully removed from the branches. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "The tiny owl found in Rockefeller Christmas tree gets a children’s book," 17 Dec. 2020 He was born in Guangzhou, in southern China, and entered Hong Kong as a stowaway as a 12-year-old before making a fortune in the garment business. Washington Post, "Hong Kong locks up media tycoon Jimmy Lai over alleged office lease violation," 3 Dec. 2020 Four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station this week with a peculiar stowaway on board: Baby Yoda. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Baby Yoda plays key role on historic SpaceX mission to International Space Station," 17 Nov. 2020 An interstellar ark transporting the last humans on Earth to a new home inadvertently brings along a shape-shifting alien stowaway in Breach, a new sci-fi action film starring Bruce Willis and directed by John Suits. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Bruce Willis returns to space to kick some alien derriere in Breach trailer," 11 Nov. 2020 One possibility is that the viral protein becomes a kind of stowaway, using the human protein to shuttle itself into the mitochondria of human cells. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Probing coronavirus secrets "so we're in a better position to attack SARS3 when it comes"," 15 Oct. 2020 First, the stowaway takes to the runway, with the lights along the tarmac. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Risking Everything for a Better Life," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of stowaway


1848, in the meaning defined above


1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Stowaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stowaway

: someone who hides on a ship, airplane, etc., in order to travel without paying or being seen


stow·​away | \ ˈstō-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce stowaway (audio) \

Kids Definition of stowaway

: a person who hides on a vehicle (as a ship) to travel without paying or being seen

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