flotsam vs jetsam what difference

what is difference between flotsam and jetsam

English

Alternative forms

  • floatsome (dialectal)
  • flotson (dated)

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈflɒtsəm/

Noun

flotsam (countable and uncountable, plural flotsams)

  1. Debris floating in a river or sea, in particular fragments from a shipwreck.

Derived terms

  • flotsam and jetsam

Translations

See also

  • flotsam on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • lagan
  • jetsam
  • derelict
  • salvage

Anagrams

  • fotmals


English

Etymology

From Middle English jetteson, from Anglo-Norman getteson. Doublet of jettison

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛtsəm/
  • Hyphenation: jet‧sam

Noun

jetsam (countable and uncountable, plural jetsams)

  1. 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.
  2. (by extension) discarded odds and ends
    They were the jetsam of the dot-com bust.

Derived terms

  • flotsam and jetsam

Translations

See also

  • jetsam on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • flotsam
  • flotsam and jetsam
  • lagan
  • derelict
  • salvage

Anagrams

  • matjes

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