Definition of castaway in English:



  • A person who has been shipwrecked and stranded in an isolated place.

    ‘a castaway on a desert island’
    • ‘They also knew that castaways could be dangerous; the survivors of a Portuguese wreck 100 years earlier had horrified the Xhosa by turning to cannibalism.’
    • ‘If we were to be castaways on a desert island, these are the goods we would pack by the caseload.’
    • ‘Among them is Riddick, a convicted criminal whom the other castaways put in chains out of fear for what he might do.’
    • ‘It's a chance to escape the hectic pace of modern day life, but it seems no-one is keen to emulate the original castaway and spend a week on a desert island.’
    • ‘He shocked them by speaking their own language and telling them that he was a maroon rather than a castaway.’
    • ‘Looking for the consolation prize of a seal cull in Carnley Harbour in the Auckland Islands group, Captain Thomas Musgrave and the mate Francois Raynal were accompanied by three other sailors - and soon-to-be castaways.’
    • ‘This hybrid of history and travel writing explores the world of castaways, adventurers and indigenous go-betweens that lay behind Daniel Defoe's famous 18 th-century story Robinson Crusoe.’
    • ‘Shipwrecked sailors, castaways, and that famous case some time back where a bunch of people were in a plane crash?’
    • ‘Thus Severin hires an old sailing boat to recapture the experience of an early Caribbean castaway, although the vessel bears scant resemblance to the little skiff that carried the subject of his imagined reconstruction.’
    • ‘Remember the story of castaway Robinson Crusoe?’
    • ‘Defoe based his hero on a real-life castaway - Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who was abandoned on the Juan Fernandez islands off Chile in 1704 after an argument with his ship's Captain.’
    • ‘The castaways had been isolated so long that it was a miracle they weren't even more dysfunctional.’
    • ‘Their lives are calm, to put it mildly, until they take in a young Polish castaway, who washes up unconscious on their beach.’
    • ‘Mortelier has noted references to the Auckland Islands group in the adventure stories of Jules Verne, and has drawn parallels between the true experiences of Raynal and co and the fictional antics of Jules Verne's castaways.’
    • ‘After surviving their first two years on an uncharted Pacific island, our seven stranded castaways continue to ponder and pine after the day they'll be rescued from their tropic island nest.’
    shipwreck, wreck
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