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throwaway

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noun throw·away \ˈthrō-ə-ˌwā\

Definition of throwaway

  1. 1 :  one that is or is designed to be thrown away: asa :  a free handbill or circularb :  a line of dialogue (as in a play) de-emphasized by casual delivery; especially :  a joke or witticism delivered casually

  2. 2 :  something made or done without care or interest

  3. 3 :  a child who has been forced to leave home or who has run away from indifferent or hostile parents

1903

First Known Use of throwaway

1903


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throwaway

adjective throw·away

Definition of throwaway

  1. 1 :  designed to be thrown away :  disposable <throwaway containers>

  2. 2 :  written or spoken (as in a play) in a low-key or unemphatic manner <throwaway lines>

  3. 3 :  nonchalant, casual

  4. 4 :  marked by a tendency to discard things :  overly wasteful <a throwaway society>

1928

First Known Use of throwaway

1928


THROWAWAY Defined for English Language Learners


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throwaway

adjective throw·away

Definition of throwaway for English Language Learners

  • : made to be thrown away after use

  • : made or said with very little thought

  • : tending to throw things away instead of keeping them and using them again : very wasteful


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