from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who hides aboard a ship or other conveyance in order to obtain free passage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who, in order to secure a free passage, conceals himself aboard an outward-bound vessel, with the hope of remaining undiscovered until too late to be sent ashore.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who conceals himself board of a vessel about to leave port, or on a railway train, in order to obtain a free passage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a person who hides on board a ship, train, etc. so as to get a free passage

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb hide aboard a ship or a plane to get free transportation
  • noun a person who hides aboard a ship or plane in the hope of getting free passage


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  • A few hours later, after being interrogated by the ships security officer to whom she said nothing, and officially identified as a stowaway, Courtney found herself alone in a hospital-like room toward the stern of the ship.

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  • He'd had to make a drastic change in his estimate of the situation the instant he saw that the stowaway was a girl.

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  • A stowaway is a stowaway, no matter how you look at him.

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  • The story was written as a cautionary tale to advise boys like Dick never to go to sea as a stowaway, which is effectually what Dick did, and was inspired by a real case, in which the boy was found dying after only thirteen days at sea.

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  • By the way, after the coal had been shovelled off the train by the 'stowaway' miners, the

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  • Sunday is Mr. Rogers 'pick of days for a lengthy hearing, and returning from church, he came directly to the "stowaway" rooms at the Murray Hill

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  • An escaped convict from one of her Britannic Majesty's penal colonies, a "stowaway" in the hold of an Australian ship, he had landed penniless in San Francisco, fearful of contact with his more honest countrymen already there, and liable to detection at any moment.

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