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Definition of "castoff" [castoff]

  • One that has been discarded. (noun)
  • Printing A calculation of the amount of space a manuscript will occupy when set into type. (noun)
  • Discarded; rejected. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "castoff" in a sentence
  • "Using what he describes as castoff materials he has salvaged over time, Gregory -- a specialist in the tuning and repair of organs -- put together an impressive instrument incorporating drums, cymbals, snare and bass drums, trumpets, xylophone and other instruments which drew an immediate large crowd whenever he started it up."
  • ""That's the beauty of the swap," says Brownstein, 59, a paralegal, as a dozen women, some with plastic glasses of wine in one hand and reusable Trader Joe's bags on their shoulders, rummage through each other's sweaters, bags, shoes and coats: One woman's castoff is another woman's catch."
  • "Sleeper: Toronto center Travis Green has become highly valuable as a faceoff man and Carolina defenseman Aaron Ward, a Detroit castoff, is crucial to Carolina's team."
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