Definition of “throwaway” - English Dictionary

“throwaway” in British English

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throwawayadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈθrəʊ.ə.weɪ/ us /ˈθroʊ.ə.weɪ/

made to be destroyed after use:

We live in a throwaway society (= one in which things are thrown away as soon as they have been used).
throwaway comment/line/remark

something that someone says without thinking carefully and is not intended to be serious

(Definition of “throwaway” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“throwaway” in American English

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throwawayadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈθroʊ·əˌweɪ/

designed to be used only once and then gotten rid of:

Throwaway cameras are light, compact, cheap, and simple.

(Definition of “throwaway” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“throwaway” in Business English

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throwawayadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈθrəʊəweɪ/ us

COMMERCE, MARKETING, ENVIRONMENT throwaway goods, products, etc. are designed and marketed in a way that encourages people to keep replacing them:

Much of China's emissions come from manufacturing throwaway products for the west.
A fundamental change in consumer attitudes to the throwaway culture is the only way forward.

COMMERCE used to describe a price that is very low:

Analysts warned that expecting to buy hi-tech products at increasingly throwaway prices would eventually cause us all problems.
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used to describe something that someone says without thinking carefully about whether it might be offensive to anyone:

throwaway comment/remark He faced disciplinary action because of a throwaway comment about a colleague.
throwaway society disapproving

ENVIRONMENT the modern world in which many goods are disposable and create waste:

The developed world has become an increasingly throwaway society.

(Definition of “throwaway” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)