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leftover (adj.)

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.

updated on June 04, 2012

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Definitions of leftover from WordNet
1
leftover (n.)
a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists;
Synonyms: remnant
2
leftover (adj.)
not used up;
leftover meatloaf
Synonyms: left over / left / odd / remaining / unexpended
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.