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[left-oh-ver] /ˈlɛftˌoʊ vər/
Usually, leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, especially when saved for later use.
anything left or remaining from a larger amount; remainder.
being left or remaining, as an unused portion or amount:
leftover meatloaf.
Origin of leftover
1890-95; noun use of verb phrase left over; see left2
3. surplus, excess, extra. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for leftover
  • They took something called rice husk ash: the leftover husks from processing rice are burned for energy, and the ash remains.
  • The remaining liquid, which contains the leftover salts, shoots out of the system at high pressure.
  • The leftover mashed-up pulp is then treated with a solvent to remove any remaining oil.
  • They then headed for a lone, leftover, bouncy string.
  • After paying teacher salaries, whatever is leftover in the nonrecurring pool of money gets spent on everything else.
  • Those downy hairs may be more than an evolutionary leftover, though.
  • There he organized students to collect leftover medicines and visit slums to treat the inhabitants.
  • Its leftover warm water was responsible for the twenty-first century high.
  • The boats have exchange offices with acceptable rates for your leftover cash.
  • They also find tremendous delight in the leftover bones.
British Dictionary definitions for leftover


(often pl) an unused portion or remnant, as of material or of cooked food
left as an unused portion or remnant
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Word Origin and History for leftover

also left-over, "remaining, not used up," 1890, from left + over. The noun meaning "something left over" is from 1891; leftovers "excess food after a meal" (especially if re-served later) is from 1878; in this sense Old English had metelaf.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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