throwaway

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

throw +‎ away.

Adjective[edit]

throwaway (not comparable)

  1. Disposable; intended for a single use prior to being discarded.
    Water was provided in throwaway plastic bottles, but the more ecologically minded of us refilled our initial bottles from the fountain.
  2. Extemporaneous; off the cuff.
    The host made a throwaway remark about the president that was later repeated on the television news.
  3. Selected or used without care or attention. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Synonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

throwaway (plural throwaways)

  1. Something temporary and disposable.
    • 2016, Dr Eric Murphy Selinger, ‎Dr William A Gleason, Romance Fiction and American Culture
      Some [of the essays] appeared originally in writer's[sic] forums and bookstore throwaways, others in more academic contexts []