Definition of leftover in US English:

leftover

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It might interest you to learn that your own salad was constructed largely from last night's leftovers.’
    • ‘And there will be yummy leftovers in the fridge for making sandwiches to take to the Test.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything was neat and tidy, and there were no dirty dishes or food leftovers to be seen anywhere.’
    • ‘In the evening, families eat a simple meal of leftovers or eggs and toast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There once was a time when a Monday lunch was Sunday's leftovers or a cheap sandwich.’
    • ‘When the last of the Christmas leftovers are gone, it's surprising what can be made from the contents of an empty cupboard.’
    • ‘The old brass and faded paper in this exhibition are the physical leftovers of a grand, almost lunatic pursuit of perfection.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘They indulge in a drinking spree, littering the whole table with soiled dishes and leftovers.’
    • ‘We were so full we didn't look at the dessert menu, but still both my guest and I brought home plenty of leftovers.’
    • ‘Microwaves have come a long way since the days when their main uses were defrosting meat and heating up leftovers.’
    • ‘Tonight I made him a baked potato to go with the leftovers and he gobbled it all up.’
    • ‘Lunch and dinner leftovers are warmed for breakfast the following morning.’
    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’
    • ‘Maybe we'll get up at 3am for a midnight snack of leftover bread and pâté from the fridge.’
    • ‘It was assembled from coffee cans, sealing wax, and leftover laboratory equipment.’
    • ‘After they've eaten the snails, they'll use the little bread bits to scoop up the leftover sauce.’
    • ‘Izvestia said a Moscow lawyer tried this month to buy all the leftover copies of the issue in question from the magazine.’
    • ‘Joncas' photographs of rotting and leftover refuse are a funny twist on the still-life genre.’
    • ‘He ate the leftover spaghetti and bread before he even realized it, then picked up the glass of water.’
    • ‘Drea knelt by the fire and began to empty the contents of the satchel into a pot of leftover water, allowing it to boil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And they should be put into a box with some bags with chemicals that absorb leftover water.’
    • ‘Because they had no refrigeration, leftover meat was fed to the dogs, while surplus milk was dished up to the pigs.’
    • ‘My family always preserved grapes on the vine and would use them with leftover bread dough to make this tart.’
    • ‘He had finished cleaning and was now pouring the leftover coffee on the remains of the fire.’
    • ‘The older people consider it most disrespectful when leftover pieces of bread are thrown about carelessly.’
    • ‘The leftover stock is off-loaded to pushcart vendors at half the price.’
    • ‘Similar to last year's party, I wound up with a ton of leftover beer and an extra cooler.’
    • ‘I almost jump in after it, rescuing it from old coffee grounds and yesterday's leftover spaghetti.’
    • ‘This recipe makes use of leftover chicken from the roast chicken recipe.’
    • ‘They still live in tiny houses constructed from leftover roofing, wood, whatever's lying around.’
    • ‘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.’
    remaining, left
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Pronunciation

leftover

/ˈleftˌōvər//ˈlɛftˌoʊvər/