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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)

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 "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."