adrift adrift  /əd ˈrɪft/


  1. (adj) aimlessly drifting
  2. (adj) afloat on the surface of a body of water
  3. (adv) floating freely; not anchored
  4. (adv) off course, wandering aimlessly


  1. He debated three plans: 1) to make the guardsmen walk the plank; 2) to fire his own boat and set them adrift in it; 3) to scuttle the cutter with all hands aboard.
  2. The onset of World War II cuts a young Jewish boy off from his family and sets him adrift among the peasants of rural Poland.
  3. The girls were emotionally adrift, had no clear concept of their predestined female role.


  1. Carnival Triumph returns to Texas cruising

    A Carnival Cruise Lines ship that spent several days adrift in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine fire has been repaired and will resume cruises from Texas. Company officials say the nearly 900-foot Carnival ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. NSA leaker's girlfriend 'lost at sea'

    The girlfriend of self-avowed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote that she was "adrift in a sea of chaos" after he spilled government secrets and decamped to Hong Kong.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CNN

  3. NSA whistle-blower’s girlfriend feels ‘adrift’

    Lindsay Mills, the woman reported to be the girlfriend of purported National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, says she feels adrift without her 29-year-old boyfriend, whom she says abandoned her in Hawaii and fled to Hong Kong. "My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass," Mills, [...]
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Lookout via Yahoo! News


  1. "The Republican Party has left the moral conservative base adrift," said Jerome Corsi, a conservative activist and co-author of "Unfit for Command," a book that attacked 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's Vietnam service.
    on Feb 7, 2008 By: Jerome Corsi Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. "I'm happy to be three adrift," Allenby said. "Three or four shots is not much around this place."
    on Feb 17, 2007 By: Robert Allenby Source: ESPN

  3. Culture Secretary Andy Burnham stated that no sport "will be cut adrift" despite the shortfall.
    on Dec 2, 2008 By: Andy Burnham Source: Hucknall Today

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