stow·away | \ˈstō-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of stowaway 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one that stows away

stow 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


A stowaway was discovered on the ship.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even better, use rooftops creatively, sneak onto the fireworks barge as a stowaway—anything to get really close to the action and force your smartphone to expose the shot for the fireworks themselves. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks," 3 July 2018 Judge refuses to release habitual stowaway from jail: A judge has denied an attorney's request to have his client, a woman with a history of sneaking onto planes, released from jail and sent to a nonprofit facility. Washington Post, "Man guilty of killing neighbor after long-running feud," 6 Mar. 2018 Customs inspectors could tell the harmless stowaways from the next invasive pest. David Freeman /, NBC News, "10 top science minds tell what strange new body part they'd like to have," 28 Jan. 2018 The caller said the vehicle then left the high school parking lot with the stowaway student in the back and drove away. Emily Sweeney,, "Cleanliness can have its downside," 1 June 2018 In a deeply troubling moment of the video, after their car breaks down and the two stowaway in the bed of a pickup truck, Kiyoko and Kehlani are confronted by the driver, who creepily offers them a ride. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Hayley Kiyoko & Kehlani Run Off Into the Sunset Together in Epic 'What I Need' Video," 31 May 2018 The freighter is packed with SUVs on its decks and a dangerous stowaway hiding in its hull. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 new mysteries to read this summer," 17 May 2018 Getting the best out of the signings of Marcos Alonso and David Luiz, and taking a stowaway in Victor Moses and making him a first team regular, were things that heightened his achievement and showcased his tactical nouse., "Exploring the Demise of Antonio Conte: From Chelsea's Enigmatic Leader to Despondent Passenger," 16 May 2018 Its descendants have since spread widely, hitchhiking with stowaway amphibians in cargo and others shipped for the pet trade. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Solved: the mysterious origin of the world’s most devastating wildlife disease," 10 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above


1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stowaway was in 1848

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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 \

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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