maroon

To maroon is to strand someone in an isolated place, often a deserted island. Think of "Gilligan's Island," "Survivor," or "Lost" — TV shows that feature folks marooned on islands — and you've got the idea.

Maroon can be a noun or verb, depending on how you use it. If you maroon your best friend on a deserted island, in addition to being a terrible friend, you're using the word as a verb. If this friend was wearing a brownish-red shirt at the time he was marooned, you would use the adjective maroon to describe the shirt's color.

Primary Meanings of maroon

1.
nadj
a dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color
of dark brownish to purplish red
2.
vn
leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
a person who is stranded (as on an island)
3.
n
an exploding firework used as a warning signal
Full Definitions of maroon
1

n a dark purplish-red to dark brownish-red color

Type of:
purplish red, purplish-red
a red with a tinge of purple

adj of dark brownish to purplish red

Synonyms:
brownish-red
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue
2

v leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

“the travellers were marooned
Synonyms:
strand
Type of:
abandon, desert, desolate, forsake
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

v leave stranded on a desert island without resources

“The mutinous sailors were marooned on an island”
Type of:
insulate, isolate
place or set apart

n a person who is stranded (as on an island)

“when the tide came in I was a maroon out there”
Type of:
unfortunate, unfortunate person
a person who suffers misfortune
3

n an exploding firework used as a warning signal

Type of:
firework, pyrotechnic
(usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.

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