Flotsam meaning

flŏtsəm
Discarded or unimportant things.
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Goods floating on the surface of a body of water after a shipwreck or after being cast overboard to lighten the ship.
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People who are considered to be worthless or to have been rejected by society.
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The wreckage of a ship or its cargo floating at sea.
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Odds and ends.
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Unemployed people who drift from place to place.
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Debris floating in a river or sea, in particular fragments from a shipwreck.
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Origin of flotsam

  • Anglo-Norman floteson from Old French floter to float of Germanic origin pleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman floteson, from Old French flotaison (“a floating”), from floter (“to float”), of Germanic origin (See float.), + -aison, from Latin -atio

    From Wiktionary