What does leftover mean?

leftover meaning in General Dictionary

An unused part or portion used especially of food remaining uneaten from a previous meal as to have leftovers for dinner

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  • not used up staying after utilization of component as unusable leftover car components
  • not used-up
  • a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists

leftover meaning in Etymology Dictionary

additionally left-over, "remaining, maybe not used up," 1890, from left + over. The noun meaning "one thing left-over" is from 1891; leftovers "excess food after dinner" (especially if re-served later on) is from 1878; within feeling Old English had metelaf.


Sentence Examples with the word leftover

When they returned to the house, she warmed up some leftover spaghetti and sat down at the table to eat with him.

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