- that part of the cargo or equipment thrown overboard to lighten a ship in danger
- such material washed ashore
- discarded things
Origin of jetsamvariant, variety of jettison
- Goods that are cast overboard from a ship, especially in an attempt to lighten the ship, and that sink to the bottom of a body of water.
- Discarded odds and ends.
Origin of jetsamFrom earlier jetson alteration of Middle English jetteson a throwing overboard ; see jettison .
From Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-Norman getteson (See jettison.)