Definition of "throwaway" []

  • Something designed or likely to be discarded after use, as a free handbill distributed on the street. (noun)
  • A child or teenager who has been rejected, ejected, or abandoned by parents or guardians and lives on the streets. (noun)
  • Designed or intended to be discarded after use: throwaway packaging. (adjective)
  • Readily discarding things: a throwaway society. (adjective)
  • Having been rejected, ejected, or abandoned by parents or guardians: throwaway children living on the streets. (adjective)
  • Said or done incidentally, esp for rhetorical effect; casual (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.

  • Anything designed to be discarded after use rather than reused, refilled, etc; disposable (adjective)
  • (as modifier) (adjective)
  • A handbill or advertisement distributed in a public place (noun)
  • To get rid of; discard (verb)
  • To fail to make good use of; waste (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "throwaway" in a sentence
  • "MOOS: The only trick he'd teach us is what he called a throwaway, the disappearing coin."
  • "The American nailed his first qualifying run in the men's halfpipe with 45.8 points on Wednesday, the highest score of his heat, but caught a rut on his second and got low marks in what he described as a throwaway run."
  • "As long as people purchase food and beverages in throwaway containers, they are supporting an unsustainable business and practicing an unsustainable lifestyle."