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.’
    • ‘This salad also makes great leftovers and will keep fresh in your fridge for up to seven days!’
    • ‘There once was a time when a Monday lunch was Sunday's leftovers or a cheap sandwich.’
    • ‘The leftovers, which were cold, were put into a vessel and re-heated before being served.’
    • ‘That's because he knew that Sunday meant lots of leftovers of non-vegetarian food.’
    • ‘At home, families, are saving things, like leftovers, and making sandwiches for the next day.’
    • ‘We were so full we didn't look at the dessert menu, but still both my guest and I brought home plenty of leftovers.’
    • ‘They indulge in a drinking spree, littering the whole table with soiled dishes and leftovers.’
    • ‘Tonight I made him a baked potato to go with the leftovers and he gobbled it all up.’
    • ‘The old brass and faded paper in this exhibition are the physical leftovers of a grand, almost lunatic pursuit of perfection.’
    • ‘Of course, lunch is usually leftovers from the night before or a sandwich with a salad on the side.’
    • ‘In the evening, families eat a simple meal of leftovers or eggs and toast.’
    • ‘When the last of the Christmas leftovers are gone, it's surprising what can be made from the contents of an empty cupboard.’
    • ‘Lunch and dinner leftovers are warmed for breakfast the following morning.’
    • ‘Cook at home using organic ingredients and always save the leftovers either for tea the next day or a stock.’
    • ‘They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.’
    • ‘And there will be yummy leftovers in the fridge for making sandwiches to take to the Test.’
    • ‘Everything was neat and tidy, and there were no dirty dishes or food leftovers to be seen anywhere.’
    • ‘It might interest you to learn that your own salad was constructed largely from last night's leftovers.’
    • ‘Microwaves have come a long way since the days when their main uses were defrosting meat and heating up leftovers.’
    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’
    • ‘They still live in tiny houses constructed from leftover roofing, wood, whatever's lying around.’
    • ‘Joncas' photographs of rotting and leftover refuse are a funny twist on the still-life genre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe we'll get up at 3am for a midnight snack of leftover bread and pâté from the fridge.’
    • ‘The leftover stock is off-loaded to pushcart vendors at half the price.’
    • ‘Izvestia said a Moscow lawyer tried this month to buy all the leftover copies of the issue in question from the magazine.’
    • ‘This recipe makes use of leftover chicken from the roast chicken recipe.’
    • ‘Or, boil the leftover wine until it becomes a syrupy concentrate, and freeze it in an ice-cube tray.’
    • ‘Similar to last year's party, I wound up with a ton of leftover beer and an extra cooler.’
    • ‘The older people consider it most disrespectful when leftover pieces of bread are thrown about carelessly.’
    • ‘I almost jump in after it, rescuing it from old coffee grounds and yesterday's leftover spaghetti.’
    • ‘He had finished cleaning and was now pouring the leftover coffee on the remains of the fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My family always preserved grapes on the vine and would use them with leftover bread dough to make this tart.’
    • ‘Because they had no refrigeration, leftover meat was fed to the dogs, while surplus milk was dished up to the pigs.’
    • ‘He ate the leftover spaghetti and bread before he even realized it, then picked up the glass of water.’
    • ‘And they should be put into a box with some bags with chemicals that absorb leftover water.’
    • ‘After they've eaten the snails, they'll use the little bread bits to scoop up the leftover sauce.’
    • ‘Amateur gardeners can take any leftover pesticides to household waste recycling centres.’
    remaining, left
    uneaten, unconsumed
    excess, surplus, superfluous, extra, additional, unused, unwanted, spare, in reserve, excessive
    residual, surviving
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Pronunciation:

leftover

/ˈlɛftəʊvə/