Meaning of cast-off in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːstɒf/


  • No longer wanted; abandoned or discarded.

    ‘a pile of cast-off clothes’
    • ‘He must have found fresh water; he has a source of food he can tap into… probably including cast-off bones, rubbish discarded by the fast food outlet and restaurant the other side of Marina Glen, and any other scraps he can lay his teeth into.’
    • ‘He says that he wore ‘as badges of courage’ the barbs of those who caught him wearing a classmate's cast-off clothes.’
    • ‘I had to wear all my brother's highly unfashionable cast-off clothes and the bathroom always stunk of Guinness.’
    • ‘Even dressed in cast-off men's clothes and struggling against the rigors of 19th century rural life, she looks as if she had stepped from the pages of a glossy magazine, her eyebrows and cuticles painstakingly attended to.’
    • ‘Payment was commonly in cast-off clothes, food scraps, alcohol or opium dregs.’
    • ‘They wear a mixture of swathed and ragged traditional togas and cast-off Oxfam rags.’
    • ‘She cut her hair short and bleached it blond, flaunted cast-off clothes and vivid red lipstick, shaved her eyebrows and replaced them with gold streaks.’
    • ‘At once monumental and fragile, it brought to mind the jury-rigged shacks constructed from cast-off materials found in every township or slum area.’
    • ‘Luckily, I wasn't pummelled to death with cast-off newsroom typewriters, and was even allowed to continue working.’
    • ‘The house in question is made almost exclusively out of cast-off materials, most of which would have probably spent the rest of their days in scrap yards or in dumps.’
    • ‘When the likes of Waterford Port were thriving, most Irish fishermen were going around in cast-off boats from other countries.’
    • ‘He wore a shabby pair of green slacks made from synthetic fibre and flared from the knee down, a green t-shirt and a pair of cast-off track shoes from a former client.’
    • ‘I would never have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes, but many women seem perfectly happy to buy other people's cast-off mascara.’
    • ‘We've lived together for five years so we've long graduated beyond using other people's cast-off china and bedding.’
    • ‘The students do their design work at the college in a large open room crammed with drafting desks, layout tables, computer workstations, and, usually, an eclectic array of cast-off couches and easy chairs.’
    • ‘How, I wonder, through the immemorial ages, and why, did this particular bird develop its strange determination always, where possible, to use a snake's cast-off skin in building its nest?’
    • ‘When that job was done, they packed it up in boxes and used cast-off pages from my comic as packing material.’
    • ‘Some have labeled this the ‘hand-me-down’ phenomenon, as many of the seniors moving online are recipients of cast-off hardware from their adult children.’
    • ‘Comprised initially of mostly illiterate former slaves, they overcame their shortcomings and the army's initial tendency to supply them with cast-off equipment.’
    • ‘That, plus the fact that the dining area is furnished with cast-off tables and chairs and mismatched china and cutlery, might make food seem like an afterthought.’
    worn, worn out, shabby, threadbare, holey, torn, frayed, patched, tattered, moth-eaten, ragged, yellowed


  • Something, especially a garment, that is no longer wanted.

    ‘I'm not going out in her cast-offs!’
    • ‘So those earliest families that settled used scrap wood, often cast-offs from construction, to build little shacks.’
    • ‘Then a young girl, dressed in the flashy cast-offs of the second - hand, observes her.’
    • ‘Country football is littered with the cast-offs from the elite leagues.’
    • ‘Dressed usually in her mistress's cast-offs from yesteryears of fashion, she nevertheless lent a personal touch to each garment.’
    • ‘Finding one of these cast-offs is like finding my grandmother's favourite sweater.’
    • ‘When times are hard or not so, rummaging through other people's (and I have to admit sometimes dead people's) cast-offs and unwanted novelty kitchen items is a fine way to spend a Saturday afternoon.’
    • ‘We do not believe supporters want to see the cast-offs from larger clubs playing for their own clubs.’
    • ‘Of course, makeshift shelters have been fashioned from transport-industry cast-offs for decades, with railway carriages used as extra bedrooms and old vans used as chicken coops.’
    • ‘His indifference to cars was also reflected in the fact that as a young actor trying to make his way in London he was forced to make do with whatever was available - invariably the cast-offs of other actors.’
    • ‘A Blackpool pensioner famed for his love of cast-offs has hit back at council claims he is using a private plot of land as a dumping ground for his ‘collection’.’
    • ‘They were made in southern Africa from recycled oil drums, unwanted cars and cast-offs from the metal industries, making them extremely environmentally friendly.’
    • ‘About a third of the paintings in the collection are student donations or Ruskin cast-offs and have a distinctly youthful and accessible appeal that helps many of them to find a home each year.’
    • ‘It is worth remembering that the people who fought for liberation in the decades after the Second World War wanted what the developed world had, not shoddy cast-offs.’
    • ‘He drives off, leaving his bags of rubbish, old fridges and washing machines, mattresses, paint tins and a choice of cast-offs behind.’
    • ‘The photos are cast-offs from photo booths around Paris.’
    • ‘I feel like something flung together at the last minute, something made out of jumble sale cast-offs and things won at fairgrounds.’
    • ‘Smith added that the shop received between 20 and 30 bags of cast-offs and unwanted belongings a day.’
    • ‘All our furniture was second-hand: cast-offs and goodwill presents from our friends in Chicago.’
    • ‘Recycling for profit is one thing, but when no money changes hands, other people's cast-offs are less desirable.’
    • ‘The Australian lamb industry was historically supplied by the cast-offs of the wool industry.’
    useless things, discarded things, clutter, stuff, odds and ends, bits and pieces, bric-a-brac, oddments, flotsam and jetsam, white elephants