Jetsam meaning

jĕtsəm
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.
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Discarded odds and ends.
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That part of the cargo or equipment thrown overboard to lighten a ship in danger.
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Such material washed ashore.
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Discarded things.
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Articles thrown overboard from a ship or boat in order to lighten the load of a ship in distress.

There she was, floating amongst the jetsam, like so much debris.

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(by extension) Discarded odds and ends.

They were the jetsam of the dot-com bust.

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Origin of jetsam

  • From earlier jetson alteration of Middle English jetteson a throwing overboard jettison

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

  • From Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-Norman getteson (See jettison.)

    From Wiktionary