adrift









adrift


adjective, adverb

  1. floating without control; drifting; not anchored or moored: The survivors were adrift in the rowboat for three days.
  2. lacking aim, direction, or stability.

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

  1. floating without steering or mooring; drifting
  2. without purpose; aimless
  3. informal off course or amissthe project went adrift
adv.

1620s, from a- (1) “on” + drift. Figurative use by 1680s.

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