AskDefine | Define discard

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1 anything that is cast aside or discarded
2 (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or to failing to follow suit
3 getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable [syn: throwing away] v : throw or cast away; "Put away your worries" [syn: fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put away]

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Old French descarter, to scatter, for more usual escarter (French écarter), Vulgar Latin *exquartare, to quarter out, to remove portions. Although early associated with card play, it doesn't derive from card.


  • (verb):
    • (RP): /dɪsˈkɑːd/, /dIs"kA:d/
    • (US): dĭskärdʹ, /dɪsˈkɑrd/, /dIs"kArd/
  • (noun):
    • (RP): /ˈdɪskɑːd/, /"dIskA:d/
    • (US): dĭsʹkärd, /ˈdɪskɑrd/, /"dIskArd/
    Rhymes: -ɑː(r)d


  1. to throw away, to reject


to throw away, reject


  1. Anything discarded.
  2. A discarded playing card in a card game.


anything discarded
discarded playing card

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