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See also: throw-away and throw away



throw +‎ away.


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.
    • 2021 January 13, Phoebe Weston, “Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption”, in The Guardian:
      More people means that more synthetic compounds and dangerous throwaway plastics are manufactured, many of which add to the growing toxification of the Earth.
  2. Extemporaneous; off the cuff.
    The host made a throwaway remark about the president that was later repeated on the television news.
  3. Given in a casual manner, either deliberately or unconsciously, with apparent disregard for effect.



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 []