An unused part or portion used especially of food remaining uneaten from a previous meal as to have leftovers for dinner
- 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
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.
When they returned to the house, she warmed up some leftover spaghetti and sat down at the table to eat with him.