throwaway throw‧a‧way [ˈθrəʊəweɪ ǁ ˈθroʊ-] adjective [only before a noun]
1. throwaway products have been produced cheaply so that you can throw them away after you have used them; = DISPOSABLE:

• a throwaway lighter

2. throwaway society disapproving used to talk about modern society in which products are not made to last a long time

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throwaway UK US /ˈθrəʊəweɪ/ adjective [before noun]
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.

See also GIVEAWAY(Cf. ↑giveaway) adjective
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 — Cf. throwaway society

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • throwaway — ► ADJECTIVE 1) intended to be discarded after being used once or a few times. 2) (of a remark) expressed in a casual or understated way …   English terms dictionary

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  • throwaway — throw|a|way [ θrouə,weı ] adjective 1. ) a throwaway product has been made to be used for a short time only and then thrown away. A more usual word is disposable. a ) used about societies, activities, etc. in which people use a lot of throwaway… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • throwaway — adjective 1 throwaway remark/line/comment etc a short remark etc that is said quickly and without careful thought: a comedy act full of short throwaway lines 2 throwaway cup/plate/razor etc a cup, plate etc that has been produced cheaply so that… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • throwaway — UK [ˈθrəʊəˌweɪ] / US [ˈθroʊəˌweɪ] adjective 1) a) a throwaway product has been made to be used for a short time only and then thrown away. A more usual word is disposable. b) used about societies, activities etc in which people use a lot of… …   English dictionary

  • throwaway — I. noun Date: 1903 1. one that is or is designed to be thrown away: as a. a free handbill or circular b. a line of dialogue (as in a play) de emphasized by casual delivery; especially a joke or witticism delivered casually 2. something made or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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