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throwaway

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adjective throw·away \ ˈthrō-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of throwaway

1 :designed to be thrown away :disposable
  • throwaway containers
2 :written or spoken (as in a play) in a low-key or unemphatic manner
  • throwaway lines
4 :marked by a tendency to discard things :overly wasteful
  • a throwaway society

Recent Examples of throwaway from the Web

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First Known Use of throwaway

1928


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throwaway

noun

Definition of throwaway

1 :one that is or is designed to be thrown away: such as
a :a free handbill or circular
b :a line of dialogue (as in a play) de-emphasized by casual delivery; especially :a joke or witticism delivered casually
2 :something made or done without care or interest
3 :a child who has been forced to leave home or who has run away from indifferent or hostile parents

Recent Examples of throwaway from the Web

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First Known Use of throwaway

1903


throw away

verb

Definition of throw away

transitive verb
1 a :to get rid of as worthless or unnecessary
b :discard 2b
2 a :to use in a foolish or wasteful manner :squander
b :to fail to take advantage of :waste
  • throw away an opportunity
3 :to make (something, such as a line in a play) unemphatic by casual delivery

Examples of throw away in a Sentence

  1. I should throw away that torn shirt.

  2. if you buy a high-end computer, you'll just be throwing away money on a bunch of features you'll never use

First Known Use of throw away

1530


THROWAWAY Defined for English Language Learners

throwaway

adjective

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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