castawayˈkæst əˌweɪ, ˈkɑst-
outcast, castaway, pariah, Ishmael (noun)
a person who is rejected (from society or home)
castaway, shipwreck survivor (noun)
a shipwrecked person
A shipwrecked sailor.
A discarded person or thing.
An outcast; someone cast out of a group or society.
Cast adrift or ashore; marooned.
A castaway is a person who is cast adrift or ashore. While the situation usually happens after a shipwreck, some people voluntarily stay behind on a deserted island, either to evade their captors or the world in general. Alternatively, a person or item can be cast away, meaning rejected or discarded. Note that when a person was left ashore as punishment, usually the term maroon was used. The provisions and resources available to castaways may allow them to live on the island until other people arrive to take them off the island. However, such rescue missions may never happen if the person is not known to still be alive, if the fact that they are missing is unknown or if the island is not mapped. These scenarios have given rise to the plots of numerous stories in the form of novels and film.