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Definition of "castaway" [cast•a•way]

  • Cast adrift or ashore; shipwrecked. (adjective)
  • Discarded; thrown away. (adjective)
  • A shipwrecked person. (noun)
  • A rejected or discarded person or thing. (noun)

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 "castaway" in a sentence
  • "Sometimes, the castaway is solely focused on finding the idol and sometimes conditions – weather, fatigue – prevent the castaway from being able to really look for it."
  • "The search for a missing castaway ends in tragedy when the castaway is found dead; the person that finds the body is blamed for the death by Jack, who again finds a way to shift partial blame on Locke."
  • "Kirsty Young's castaway is American crime writer James Ellroy."