Definition of leftover in English:

leftover

noun

usually leftovers
  • Something, especially food, remaining after the rest has been used.

    ‘everyone wanted seconds, so there were no leftovers’
    figurative ‘he's just a leftover from another age’
    • ‘Tell her he didn't wait in the alley behind restaurants hoping for a scrap of leftovers.’
    • ‘Cook at home using organic ingredients and always save the leftovers either for tea the next day or a stock.’
    • ‘We were so full we didn't look at the dessert menu, but still both my guest and I brought home plenty of leftovers.’
    • ‘It might interest you to learn that your own salad was constructed largely from last night's leftovers.’
    • ‘Everything was neat and tidy, and there were no dirty dishes or food leftovers to be seen anywhere.’
    • ‘The leftovers, which were cold, were put into a vessel and re-heated before being served.’
    • ‘And there will be yummy leftovers in the fridge for making sandwiches to take to the Test.’
    • ‘Microwaves have come a long way since the days when their main uses were defrosting meat and heating up leftovers.’
    • ‘There once was a time when a Monday lunch was Sunday's leftovers or a cheap sandwich.’
    • ‘Of course, lunch is usually leftovers from the night before or a sandwich with a salad on the side.’
    • ‘At home, families, are saving things, like leftovers, and making sandwiches for the next day.’
    • ‘In the evening, families eat a simple meal of leftovers or eggs and toast.’
    • ‘They indulge in a drinking spree, littering the whole table with soiled dishes and leftovers.’
    • ‘Lunch and dinner leftovers are warmed for breakfast the following morning.’
    • ‘When the last of the Christmas leftovers are gone, it's surprising what can be made from the contents of an empty cupboard.’
    • ‘This salad also makes great leftovers and will keep fresh in your fridge for up to seven days!’
    • ‘That's because he knew that Sunday meant lots of leftovers of non-vegetarian food.’
    • ‘The old brass and faded paper in this exhibition are the physical leftovers of a grand, almost lunatic pursuit of perfection.’
    • ‘They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.’
    • ‘Tonight I made him a baked potato to go with the leftovers and he gobbled it all up.’
    residue, survivor, legacy, vestige, trace
    leavings, uneaten food, remainder, unused supplies, scraps, remnants, remains, scourings, slops, crumbs, dregs
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adjective

  • attributive Remaining; surplus.

    ‘yesterday's leftover bread’
    • ‘It was assembled from coffee cans, sealing wax, and leftover laboratory equipment.’
    • ‘Drea knelt by the fire and began to empty the contents of the satchel into a pot of leftover water, allowing it to boil.’
    • ‘Maybe we'll get up at 3am for a midnight snack of leftover bread and pâté from the fridge.’
    • ‘I almost jump in after it, rescuing it from old coffee grounds and yesterday's leftover spaghetti.’
    • ‘Because they had no refrigeration, leftover meat was fed to the dogs, while surplus milk was dished up to the pigs.’
    • ‘The older people consider it most disrespectful when leftover pieces of bread are thrown about carelessly.’
    • ‘Joncas' photographs of rotting and leftover refuse are a funny twist on the still-life genre.’
    • ‘The leftover stock is off-loaded to pushcart vendors at half the price.’
    • ‘This is a great idea for an Aussie Christmas dinner or even a better way to use the leftover turkey for a Boxing day picnic.’
    • ‘He had finished cleaning and was now pouring the leftover coffee on the remains of the fire.’
    • ‘And they should be put into a box with some bags with chemicals that absorb leftover water.’
    • ‘My family always preserved grapes on the vine and would use them with leftover bread dough to make this tart.’
    • ‘Amateur gardeners can take any leftover pesticides to household waste recycling centres.’
    • ‘Or, boil the leftover wine until it becomes a syrupy concentrate, and freeze it in an ice-cube tray.’
    • ‘They still live in tiny houses constructed from leftover roofing, wood, whatever's lying around.’
    • ‘This recipe makes use of leftover chicken from the roast chicken recipe.’
    • ‘Izvestia said a Moscow lawyer tried this month to buy all the leftover copies of the issue in question from the magazine.’
    • ‘After they've eaten the snails, they'll use the little bread bits to scoop up the leftover sauce.’
    • ‘Similar to last year's party, I wound up with a ton of leftover beer and an extra cooler.’
    • ‘He ate the leftover spaghetti and bread before he even realized it, then picked up the glass of water.’
    remaining, left
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Pronunciation

leftover

/ˈlɛftəʊvə/