Definition of stowaway in English:



  • A person who stows away on a passenger vehicle.

    • ‘He said that the equipment - used to spot people hidden in lorries - was also needed at the Frethun rail freight yard, near Calais, because trains are also used by stowaways.’
    • ‘Company bosses expressed surprise after three stowaways were found under the carriage of a train.’
    • ‘The spotlight will also be on senior Belgian Government ministers next week when a senate commission will ask why x-ray scanners were not installed at all ports to detect stowaways.’
    • ‘They made it back to Florida as stowaways on a boat, with nothing more than the clothes they stood up in.’
    • ‘As the train speeds away, running precisely on time, he locks the doors to the coach and the interleading doors, a security precaution against theft and stowaways.’
    • ‘In 1993 a Greek captain found African stowaways on board and flung them into the sea.’
    • ‘Many of the drivers complain that they had no reason to suspect their vehicles contained stowaways, and that they are being used as unpaid immigration officials.’
    • ‘He soon finds himself sailing away from the port in the Melissa, one of the worlds most luxurious cruise ships, not as a stowaway but as a legitimate passenger.’
    • ‘Some 15 stowaways from India and Vietnam were found on-board a Finnish freighter that docked at Finland's eastern port of Hamina today, the police said.’
    • ‘The stowaways were discovered when the lorry in which they were travelling was stopped during a routine search at the entrance to the base.’
    • ‘The two men inspected recently installed systems for checking passports and detecting stowaways on vehicles, including heartbeat sensors and gamma ray scanners.’
    • ‘Under the scheme which ran from April 2000 until December last year when the High Court made its ruling, drivers and freight operators faced a £2,000 fine for each stowaway found in their vehicles.’
    • ‘The shell-shocked stowaway was discovered running around the immigration detention centre at Manchester Airport after a flight from Jamaica.’
    • ‘Authorities in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro found a stowaway in a well-appointed container, fitted out with a bed, toilet, heater and water.’
    • ‘Those of us brought up on the romantic fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson or John Buchan tend to think of stowaways on more exotic voyages: Bristol to Barbados, say, or Southampton to Shanghai.’
    • ‘Both of them went to Seoul as stowaways on a train.’
    • ‘The force revealed that, in July, August and September last year, 181 stowaways had been discovered.’
    • ‘Last year, some 9,465 stowaways were caught, down 18 per cent on the figure for the previous year.’
    • ‘The campaign is aimed to crack down on those who run blockades by sea or hide in containers, and those foreign stowaways who use China as a transfer point.’
    • ‘Two stowaways who were found dead in the undercarriage of a plane at Heathrow Airport were boys as young as 12-years-old, it was revealed yesterday.’