throwaway, n. and adj.
1. Something that has been or is worthy of being thrown away or discarded; that which may be squandered. Also: an act of throwing away, discarding, or squandering something.
a. A printed sheet, handbill, etc., not intended to be kept after it has been read; a pamphlet, leaflet, newspaper, etc., given away for free and usually discarded after reading.
b. Chiefly colloq. (orig. U.S.). An item designed to be discarded after use, or one having a short lifespan; spec. a disposable container.
3. U.S. A person who has been abandoned; esp. a child or teenager thrown out or forced out of his or her home. Sometimes contrasted with runaway n. 1a.
4. A trivial or insignificant line of speech, remark, etc.; (also) a remark or comment that is delivered in a casual way, or that is understated or played-down, often for increased dramatic effect.
a. Designed to be discarded after use, or to have a short lifespan, disposable; that is a throwaway (sense A. 2a).
b. Relating to or characterized by the (excessive) use of disposable goods, or of goods having a short lifespan.
2. Of a price: so low as to represent very little or no profit to the seller; very low.
a. Of a line or speech, remark, etc.: trivial, insignificant; (also) delivered in a casual way; understated or played-down, often for increased dramatic effect.
b. Characterized by understatement; casual or understated in style or technique.
4. U.S. Of a person: that has been abandoned; esp. (of a child or teenager) that has been thrown out or forced out of his or her home. Sometimes contrasted with runaway adj. 1a.
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