Definition of Throwaway

1. Noun. (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets.

Exact synonyms: Gamin, Street Arab
Language type: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement
Generic synonyms: Guttersnipe, Street Urchin

2. Adjective. Thrown away. "Salvaged some thrown-away furniture"
Exact synonyms: Cast-off, Discarded, Thrown-away
Similar to: Unwanted

3. Noun. An advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution. "He mailed the circular to all subscribers"

4. Adjective. Intended to be thrown away after use. "Throwaway diapers"
Similar to: Disposable

5. Noun. Words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis.
Generic synonyms: Actor's Line, Speech, Words

Definition of Throwaway

1. Adjective. Disposable; intended for a single use prior to being discarded. ¹

2. Adjective. Extemporaneous; off the cuff. ¹

3. Adjective. Being intended for single use. ¹

4. Adjective. Selected or used without care or attention. ¹

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Definition of Throwaway

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Throwaway

throw smoke
throw somebody a curve
throw someone a bone
throw stick
throw the baby out with the bathwater
throw the book at
throw to the dogs
throw to the wind
throw to the wolves
throw together
throw true
throw under the bus
throw up
throw up one's hands
throwaway (current term)
throwaway line

Literary usage of Throwaway

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Recurring Logistic Problems as I Have Observed Them by Carter Bowie Magruder (1994)
"Repairable Assemblies Versus throwaway Major assemblies had to be replaced in ... In other words, we were treating major assemblies as throwaway assemblies. ..."

2. Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay by Michael Bochenek, A. Widney Brown (2001)
"Runaway, Homeless, and "throwaway" Youth Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are subjected to harassment and violence may also end up living ..."

3. Let's Reduce And Recycle: Curriculum For Solid Waste Awareness by DIANE Publishing Company (1991)
"... Reprinted from "Lessons from Litter" by permission of the Atlanta Clean City Commission. "throwaway Three" is a skit in rhyme written for three actors ..."

4. Picturecology: A Picture Book for "Living Lightly on the Earth" by High Moon (1998)
"... 1 throwaway FORESTS: The Problem of Waste At present, here in Japan, each of us generates an average of approximately one kilogram of household garbage ..."

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